The Danforth Lecture Series continues on Monday, October 16 with a program featuring John Danforth on “Faith and Politics,” the title of his new book. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at 4 p.m. in Graham Chapel.
In his book, the three-term former Republican senator from Missouri and ordained Episcopal priest calls for moderation and tolerance in religious and political life, and a return to the separation of church and state. Decrying the narrow interpretations of religious orthodoxy, he supports an inclusive philosophy that embraces conflicting opinions and beliefs.
Danforth retired from the Senate in 1995, having served 18 years. Since then, he has served the country as a special envoy to Sudan, as leader of the federal government’s investigation into the Waco incident, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He entered politics at an early age and in 1968 won his first election as Missouri’s attorney general; he was re-elected to the post in 1972.
Widely known and respected as a leader in the Episcopal faith, Danforth officiated at the funeral of former president Ronald Reagan. He currently is a partner in the international law firm of Bryan Cave, based in St. Louis.
A booksigning/reception will be held in Holmes Lounge immediately following the talk. The book, Faith and Politics: How the ‘Moral Values’ Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together, will be available for purchase in both the Chapel and Holmes Lounge.