John "Jack" Danforth will discuss The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics

EVENT OVERVIEW:  John "Jack" Danforth, Former 3 Term U.S. Senator (R-MO), and Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will discuss his New Hardcover The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  John "Jack" Danforth is an Ordained Episcopal Priest, Former 3 Term U.S. Senator (R-MO), and Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.  In 2001, President Bush appointed Danforth as Special Envoy for peace in Sudan, where he worked to broker a peace agreement that, in 2005, ultimately ended the 20 Year Civil War.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  In an era of extreme partisanship, when running for office has become a zero-sum game in which candidates play exclusively to their ideological bases, Americans on both sides of the political aisle hunger for the return of a commitment to the common good. Too often, it seems, religion has been used as a wedge to divide us in these battles. But is it also the key to restoring our civic virtue? For more than a decade, John Danforth, who is also an ordained Episcopal priest, has written extensively on the negative impact the Christian right has had on American politics. Upon reflection, however, he felt he ought to balance the picture by writing about the positive, constructive impact faithful religious believers have and can have on our public life.

The Relevance of Religion is the product of that period of reflection. In the calm and wise voice of the pastor he once aspired to be, Senator Danforth argues that our shared religious values can lead us out of the embittered, entrenched state of politics today. A lifelong Republican, he calls his own party to task for its part in creating a political system in which the loudest opinions and the most polarizing personalities hold sway. And he suggests that such a system is not only unsustainable but unfaithful to our essential nature. We are built to care about other people, and this inherent altruism which science says we crave because of our neurobiological wiring, and the Bible says is part of our created nature is a crucial aspect of good government. .

DATE & TIME:  Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208

EVENT FORMAT: John "Jack" Danforth will be the Featured Guest Speaker for a Special Edition of Village Talk with Reverend Brian Ellison.

Village Talk host Reverend Brian Ellison writes:  “People across the political spectrum agree: he is the very model of aligning a deep and generous faith with a life of public service.  The entire Village Talk Series, our interviews with leaders in education, business, politics, media, religion, has been an effort to foment conversations in our midst like the one Jack Danforth has been having at a state and national level for a generation.  His life work has been the original Village Talk.  We are deeply honored to host Jack Danforth for what promises to be a rich and fruitful evening exploring how faith and public life can be brought together in our community and our lives."

A Booksigning will follow the discussion.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN HOUSE Event.  All are welcome.  If you have questions about accessibility or Parking at this Event please call Marianne Weber at 913-671-2333.  Seating is General Admission.  Rainy Day Books will have John "Jack" Danforth’s Books for Sale at this Event.


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Event date: 
Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Village Presbyterian Church
6641 Mission Road
Prairie Village, KS 66208

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK ONLY: Includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of The Relevance of Religion by John Danforth.

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