The Rothko Chapel Presents "Must Religion Divide Us? The Problems and Promises of Being in America Today"

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The Rothko Chapel Presents "Must Religion Divide Us? The Problems and Promises of Being in America Today"

An Evening with Krista Tippett, Host of American Public Media’s Weekly Public Radio Program Being January 23, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

Houston — Dec. 9, 2005 — The Rothko Chapel will present Krista Tippett, creator and host of the national weekly public radio program Being in a lecture entitled, "Must Religion Divide Us? The Problems and Promises of Being in America Today." The event will be held Monday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

In light of religion’s role in some of today’s worst problems and the confusion that often results when religious voices enter in the public debate, Tippett will examine why there is such a chasm between the purpose of religion and its effect on our public life.

Tippett’s presentation will be based on her experience as host of public radio’s weekly national conversation about religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas — and from the perspectives she has drawn from her numerous interviews with theologians and scientists, politicians and poets on her program.

As host of Being, Tippett has been credited with creating a new way to discuss religion in American life, first by probing her guests on the experience behind their own personal beliefs, then asking them to articulate the important ideas and relevant perspectives that faith can add to private and public life. The result is an open-hearted conversation that illuminates how perspectives on theology, spirituality and ethics can enrich our common deliberation on topics in the news and in our lives.

Tippett is a journalist and former diplomat with a master’s of divinity degree from Yale University. She is a graduate of Brown University, and a former Fulbright Scholar. Before creating Being, she consulted with a number of organizations, including the internationally renowned Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at Saint John’s Abbey and University. Earlier in her career, she wrote and reported for a number of international news organizations, including the New York Times, Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune, ABC and the BBC. She is currently at work on her first