Holy Communion as Radical Social Ethic

Harvard scholar of American religions to present lecture March 7

Jonathan Walton

Jonathan Walton, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, and professor of religion and society at Harvard University, will lecture on March 7.

RIVERSIDE, California – Harvard University religion scholar Jonathan Walton will examine the Christian rite of Holy Communion as a radical social ethic in a lecture on Tuesday, March 7, at the University of California, Riverside.

The lecture will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Interdisciplinary 1113. It is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Walton is the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, and professor of religion and society at Harvard. His lecture, “This is my body broken for you…,” is funded by the Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies project at the UCR Center for Ideas and Society.

“Each week Christians across the globe participate in a ritual based on a radical social ethic, yet few imagine what it might mean for many of our pressing social issues,” Walton said. “Economic inequality? Gun violence? Prison industrial complex? Police brutality? What does it mean to privilege the otherwise despised? What do we gain by searching for the invisible, and siding with the disinherited?”

The social ethicist and scholar of American religions previously taught at UC Riverside and joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in 2010. His research addresses the intersections of religion, politics, and media culture. Drawing on British cultural studies, he explores the interrelationship between the media used by Christian evangelists and the theologies conveyed.

Walton earned his Ph.D. in religion and society from Princeton Theological Seminary, a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in political science from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

The Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies project aims to contribute to understanding existing and future aspects of diversity in the United States, and to enhance appreciation of both the problems and the opportunities to which it can give rise.

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