This multi-disciplinary symposium brings together leading scholars who will share their research and engage in conversation about the role of religion in addressing rising income inequality—an issue that impacts millions of people. During the 1960s and 1970s, 9-10% of total income went to the top one-percent of Americans. By 2007, this share had risen to 23.5%. Even before 2008 and the so-called Great Recession, the wages of the average worker in the U.S., adjusted for inflation, had been stagnant for three decades. How are the religions contributing to the complex mix of factors responsible for this state of affairs? Part 3 includes a presentation by William Schweiker, the Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics, the University of Chicago Divinity School. William Schweiker's research focuses on theological and ethical questions attentive to global dynamics, comparative religious ethics, the history of ethics, and hermeneutical philosophy. A frequent lecturer and visiting professor at universities around the world, he has been deeply involved in collaborative international scholarly projects. In addition to his position at the Divinity School, Schweiker is Director of The Enhancing Life Project, a two-year project dedicated to increasing knowledge in support of the aspiration by persons and communities for enriched lives. Schweiker's books include Theological Ethics and Global Dynamics: In the Time of Many Worlds (2004). He is also chief editor and contributor to A Companion to Religious Ethics (2004). He is working on a forthcoming book Religious Ethics: Meaning and Method and a second expanded edition of A Companion to Religious Ethics Sponsored by the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion.


16 minutes, 41 seconds
June 1, 2016
Published: June 20, 2016
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