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Evangelical Pastors and Obama Election


Evangelical Pastors and Obama Election Discussed

April 7 lecture by Jonathan Walton, UCR religious studies professor, will address relationships between evangelical pastors and President Obama’s candidacy.

(March 23, 2010)

Jonathan L. Walton

Jonathan L. Walton

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Jonathan L. Walton, assistant professor of religious studies at UC Riverside, will examine varying responses to and relationships between prominent evangelical pastors and the successful candidacy of President Obama in a public lecture on Wednesday, April, 7, at 4:30 p.m. His lecture, “Stationed in the King’s Court: Evangelicals in the Age of Obama,” will be held in Interdisciplinary Building 1113. Admission is free. Parking costs $5.

Walton will pay particular attention to the expanding roles of Texas megachurch pastors Bishop T.D. Jakes and Kirby John Caldwell, juxtaposing their now-consistent role in presidential politics against the protest-oriented evangelicalism that nurtured President Obama’s own faith.

The author of “Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism” (New York University Press), Walton also is the resident ethicist on “the Tavis Smiley Show” on radio and is a contributing editor to Religion Dispatches, a daily online magazine aimed at advancing progressive conversation regarding religion in the world today. He earned a Ph.D. in religion and society and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in political science from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

The event is part of the Lyceum Lecture series presented by UCR’s Center for Ideas and Society. The series provides an opportunity for the community to hear from a prominent member of the UCR faculty.

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