Thursday, December 17, 2009

Danforth gives $30M for Religion in Politics Center

Via Episcopal Cafe:

Danforth gives $30M for Religion in Politics Center: "

Former United States Senator (and retired Episcopal priest) John C.
Danforth's foundation gives $30 million dollars to establish a center which will
explore the role of religion in politics:

Danforth gives $30M for Washington University religion

St. Louis Business Journal

Washington University in St. Louis is establishing a center that
will explore the role of religion in politics, thanks to a $30 million gift from
the Danforth Foundation.

The creation of the center, which includes the recruitment of five new
faculty members with endowed professorships, is believed to be the largest gift
of its kind made to a university to fund such an academic center.


“The John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics reflects the legacy
of (former U.S. Sen.) Jack Danforth and his belief in the importance of a civil
discourse that treats differences with respect," Chancellor Mark Wrighton said
Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “The center will serve
as an ideologically neutral place that will foster rigorous, unbiased
scholarship and encourage conversations between diverse and even conflicting
points of view.”



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