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Upcoming events

    • October 12, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Center for Interfaith Cooperation 1100 W 42nd St. Ste. 125 Indianapolis, IN. 46208

    As Americans, we have long associated religious extremism with Islamic terrorism…..groups of people who have  harmed the Islamic faith.   Ignoring perhaps, forgetting or simply choosing to ignore that any religion is prone to extremism.  This is also linked to ethno-centric extremism as many cultures tie this also to a religion. In the US, this has become known most recently as Christian Nationalism,  but we see it among countries that have either  long been democratic civil societies or emerging civil societies who want to embrace the type of freedoms found in a democracy.  Yet their roots may still be tightly connected to a national identity that has long embraced a religion and perhaps even a superiority, seeing themselves over other ‘lesser’ nations.  Hungary rebukes Muslims as refugees as they see this influx of immigrants tainting their Christian heritage; India’s newest leadership rebukes Muslim’s for much the same reason; and Israel, under its current leadership, is expressing no desire to let the nation of Palestine also share the state they long lived on, a land laid claim by all three Abrahamic religions.  The extremism is becoming increasingly linked to violence as well as the election of authoritarian rulers whose very actions violate the core values of a civil society; the freedoms of speech, religion, press, gathering and protest.  When these violations occur at the highest levels of government through either legislation or policy, in time violations against others – and outright violence – will occur among citizens against one another, and especially against those perceived to be outsiders. 

    This urgent matter will be the topic for our October program – 12 October at 7 PM – and our first hybrid program since we all went virtual with COVID.  It will be held at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation, 110 West 42nd Street, on the corner of 42nd the Michigan and across the street from Newfield’s Art Museum. We are excited about our panelists:

    Andrew Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives (theARDA.com) at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at IUPUI.

    Whitehead is one of the foremost scholars of Christian nationalism in the United States. He is the lead author of  Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2020)—along with Samuel Perry—which won the 2021 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. His next book, American Idolatry: How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Churchwill appear August 15, 2023 from Brazos Press.

    Whitehead is a sought-after speaker and has shared his work with diverse audiences: academic and public, religious and secular. Whitehead’s research on Christian nationalism has been featured across several national outlets including The New York Times, NPR, The New Yorker, The Washington PostCNN Today, The Economist, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian. He has been interviewed on NBC News, National Public Radio, and the BBC, among others, and is routinely contacted for perspective on religion and politics from national and international news media. He has also written for The Washington Post, Time, NBC News, and the Religion News Service, among other outlets. 

    In 2019, his co-authored article “Make America Christian Again: Christian Nationalism and Voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election” (Sociology of Religion2018) won the Distinguished Article Award for both the Association for the Sociology of Religion and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

    Whitehead serves as co-Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives (theARDA.com). The ARDA is the world’s largest online religion data archive and is currently funded through generous support from the Lilly Endowment and the John Templeton Foundation. Whitehead serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI.org) and the Religion Research Association.

    Robert Saler serves as Associate Dean for Evaluation and Assessment, Associate Professor of Theology and Culture, Executive Director of Center for Pastoral Excellence and the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) in Indianapolis. As part of that call, for the past eight years he has directed the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs, which are administered by the seminary on behalf of the Endowment. Prior to coming to CTS he was pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church in Gary, IN and also taught at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (from which he received his Ph.D. in 2011). His first book, Between Magisterium and Marketplace, deals with issues of ecclesiology and theological creativity, while his second book (Theologia Crucis) examines how the theology of the cross impacts global theological literature. He is also the author of All These Things Into Position: What Theology can Learn from Radiohead, Planning Sabbaticals: A Guide for Congregations and Their Pastors, and Sounding the Sacred: Arvo Part and Spirituality (co-edited with Peter Bouteneff and Jeffers Engelhardt). His courses at CTS are generally open to the public so that masters-level students can have the experience of studying alongside members of area congregations; the pedagogical challenges and opportunities in this are very gratifying.

    Having been a Lutheran pastor for a decade, he has recently been received into the Eastern Orthodox Church, and serves as the chair of the ecumenical section of the International Orthodox Theological Association as well as editor of the IOTA Forum for that organization. He is currently a fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis, and as part of that work he is engaged in a three-pronged project related to American Eastern Orthodoxy and internet culture: an exploration of anti-modernist rhetoric and consumerism in American orthodoxy, a more sociological analysis of Orthodox anti-modernism and white supremacy movements online, and an evaluations methodology project on how online religious subcultures impact parish ministry in American Eastern Orthodoxy. He is also writing a book on Luther in dialogue with Orthodox theology.

    His other major passions involve evaluation methodologies and assessment methods for religious institutions, as well as live music and trail running. He, his spouse, and their five children reside in Indianapolis, IN.

    Charlie Wiles, moderator, holds a degree in Political Science from Indiana University and spent several years working for the Indiana State Legislature. He operated a general contracting business renovating older homes, served as a combat medic in the US Army Reserves, and is the founding director of Peace Learning Center. In 2011, Charlie became the founding director of Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC). Headquartered in the Indiana Interchurch Center, CIC strives to build dynamic, authentic relationships between and among central Indiana’s diverse religious communities. Charlie is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, he serves on the Chaplaincy Advisory Board at St. Vincent Hospital and works with several community organizations including Veterans for Peace, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, and OBAT Helpers, supporting marginalized communities in Bangladesh. Happily married to Sachiko Utsumi Wiles since 1995, they live near Broad Ripple in Indianapolis, Indiana with their three daughters Lena, Aya, and Mia Utsumi Wiles.

    • November 01, 2023
    • ICWA web site - On-line orders for Great Decisions 2024 Books

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    The Indiana Council on World Affairs invites you to join the dialogue about current world affairs!

    With the Foreign Policy Association's announcement of Great Decisions topics for 2024, as the State Coordinator for the Great Decisions books and educational materials, the Indiana Council on World Affairs offers the Great Decisions Briefing Books with prepublication, group discounts.

    As part of America's largest discussion program on world affairs, in Indiana, groups around the state organize Great Decisions groups to present lectures and facilitate discussion on the most critical global issues currently facing the US today. 

    These in-person and virtual gatherings bring together those who want to learn about and understand the complex matters of world conditions. The Great Decisions groups are held in schools, libraries, churches, community centers, and retirement communities, as well as virtually.

    Great Decisions 2024 Topics:

    The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) has announced Great Decisions topics and topic descriptions for the coming year.

    The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) Great Decisions 2024 Briefing Book topics form the basis for lectures and group discussions around the country. Our nation's pressing US foreign policy concerns and conditions in regions of the world are addressed, such as: East Asia, Asia-Pacific, South Central Asia, and the Middle East. Topics of international law and military alliances are considered, such as NATO and the High Seas Treaty. Also, matters of global impact including scientific advances (AI), trade policies, climate change, and management of global health challenges are explained.

    Topic 1: Mideast Realignment 

    Topic 2: Climate Technology & Competition  

    Topic 3: Science Across Borders 

    Topic 4: U.S.-China Trade Rivalry by Jonathan Chanis

    Topic 5: NATO’s Future 

    Topic 6: Understanding Indonesia 

    Topic 7: High Seas Treaty 

    Topic 8: Pandemic Preparation by Carolyn Reynolds

    When you order your Great Decisions Briefing Book from the Indiana Council on World Affairs, you are helping support the network of Great Decisions groups in Indiana. The book will be mailed to your home or business. Plus, you'll be sent notices of ICWA Great Decisions 2024 Series!

    Prepublication rates until 11/01/23:                                                  Books | ICWA (indianaworld.org)

    FREE! The Indiana Council on World Affairs Global Citizen Membership level ($150) includes one Great Decisions 2024 Briefing Book. An individual membership is $50.00. Join today!

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    • February 24, 2024
    • 12:00 AM - 12:30 AM


    FREE PDF DOWNLOAD:  2023GlossaryBooklet1_12r.pdf (fpa.org)

    About Great Decisions - Be part of America's largest discussion program on world affairs:

    This Great Decisions 2023 Glossary Booklet is published by the Foreign Policy Association with FREE download via the Indiana Council on World Affairs ICWA).  It compiles all the separate glossaries associated with each of the Great Decisions 2023 Briefing Book topic chapters.

    As you want to learn more about the topics of global concern that were addressed in 2023, consider buying your own Great Decisions Briefing Book through the ICWA, or view the ICWA FREE lectures via the Indiana Council on World Affairs YouTube Channel.

    Academic WorldQuest 2024: This Glossary is to assist preparation for the Indiana Council on World Affairs Academic WorldQuest 2024 competition on February 24, 2024.

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    BUY - BOOK: Indiana Council on World Affairs - Great Decisions Resources 2023 (wildapricot.org)

    LECTURES:  Recorded Great Decisions 2023 Lectures on the Indiana Councill on World Affairs YouTube Channel. FREE. 

    • Current 09-01-23


    • February 24, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center, UIndy Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227. Quizmasters, Professors Doug Woodwell and Brian Platt, University of Indianapolis. Optional: In-person or Virtual.

    Academic WorldQuest competition on February 24, 2024, open to all high schools in Indiana.  Optional: In-person or Virtual.   Quizmasters: Professors Doug Woodwell and Brian Platt, University of Indianapolis. 

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