October Forums
October 7
The Burden of Christian Freedom: The Dynamics of Rights and 
Responsibility in the Bible
In the letter to the Galatians, Paul reminds his congregation that they “were called to freedom.” In the very next breath, the apostle exhorts the Galatians not to use their freedom as “an opportunity for self-indulgence.” This brief passage summarizes the Bible’s seemingly ambivalent approach to the concept of rights. On one hand, the gospel articulates a radical, practically unlimited freedom. At the same time, our faith seems to suggest that freedom must exist within certain parameters. Join David Romanik as he examines the complex biblical understanding of rights, and considers how it might shape our approach to the world.
October 14
Just Borders: Place-Specific Duties and the Rights of Immigrants
There is currently a hot political and legal debate about whether and why immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States. If we put partisan politics and legal considerations aside for a moment, however, we can ask an important question: What is the right moral criterion to decide whether an immigrant should be allowed to stay in a liberal democratic country? Recently, many scholars have argued that legal citizenship cannot be the sole source of rights, and hence they have advocated for place-specific rights for immigrants. Should physical presence in a territory confer social and political rights on all those present? Join Paulina Ochoa Espejo, professor of political science at Haverford College, as she explores this question and considers the moral dimensions of the immigration debate.
October 21
Human Rights and the International Criminal Court
By many accounts, the 20th century was one of the cruelest in human history. Acts of genocide were distressingly common and civilians were often slaughtered indiscriminately. In response to this widespread inhumanity, the international community developed new language and new legal categories to charge and punish those responsible. Eventually, an International Criminal Court was created to prosecute these “crimes  against humanity.” Andrea Cayley is a Redeemer parishioner and a lawyer who has spent much of her career bringing those who commit crimes against humanity to justice. Join Andrea as she discusses her work and explores how the concept of human rights has shaped the postwar order.
October 28
Does Gender Matter? Rights, Identity, and Society
Gender matters to many of us personally and socially. But, should gender be considered in the policies that govern institutions such as government-issued ID documents, public restrooms, college admissions, and sports?  If so, why and how? Join Heath Fogg Davis, professor of political science at Temple University, as he explores these questions and investigates the difference between sex discrimination and sex-identity discrimination.
Last Published: October 5, 2018 12:50 PM