Interpersonal Relations Across Political Divides: People of Faith Building Bridges from Polarization to Reconciliation

John C. Danforth and Matt Malone in Discussion

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6:00PM–7:15PM (CST)

via Zoom

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  • Interpersonal Relations Across Political Divides: People of Faith Building Bridges from Polarization to Reconciliation

    John Danforth and Matt Malone in Conversation

People of faith in the U.S. today are as politically polarized as other Americans, prompting painful breakdowns in personal relationships and communities. What would it take to accept responsibility for actively healing these political and religious divisions, activating solutions rather than continuing assaults? Join Senator John C. Danforth and Father Matt Malone, two priests from different Christian churches and political parties, for a conversation about bridge building, accountability, and reconciliation.

Washington University in St. Louis Provost Beverly Wendland will introduce the event, which will be moderated by Professor Marie Griffith. During this online conversation Danforth and Malone will continue the thinking penned in their commentary “A First Step Toward Loving Our Enemies” published on September 3, 2020 by The Wall Street Journal. 

John C. Danforth is an ordained Episcopal priest and a former U.S. Senator from Missouri. Following his elected service, Senator Danforth held appointments in both Republican and Democratic Administrations as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and later, special envoy to Sudan. He is also an author, most recently of The Relevance of Religion (2015). Matt Malone is the President and Editor in Chief of America Media. Father Malone began his tenure on October 1, 2012. Previously, he served for two years as an associate editor, from 2007-2009, when he covered foreign policy and domestic politics. Father Malone entered the Society of Jesus in 2002 and was ordained a priest on June 9, 2012 by Edward Cardinal Egan, late Archbishop of New York.

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  • John C. Danforth

    Former U.S. Senator from Missouri

  • Matt Malone, S.J.

    Editor in Chief, America Media

  • R. Marie Griffith

    Director and John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities

  • Beverly R. Wendland