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A Public Forum on the Topic “Taxes, Liberty, and the Common Good”

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Clark Hall 107
University of Virginia Grounds
Co-sponsored by
Clergy and Laity United for Justice and Peace, and
The Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life, UVA


  • J. Dionne, Jr., Noted author on political and public policy issues, Washington Post Columnist, and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution


  • Douglas Smith, Executive Director, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

From left to right: John Peale (CLJP Co-Chair); E. J. Dionne, Jr.;
Robert Bayer (CLJP Co-Chair and Moderator)

A Public Forum on the Topic
“A Religious Take on the Current Political Situation”

Monday, October 20, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
New Albemarle County Office Building
1600 5th Street, extended


  • Charles T. Mathewes, Associate Professor, Religious Ethics, History of Christian Thought, University of Virginia


  • Margaret (Mimi) Foster Riley, Law School Professor and Co-Director, Legal Research and Writing Program, University of Virginia

From left to right:  William May (Moderator),
Margaret (Mimi) Foster Riley, and Charles Mathewes

A Public Forum on the Topic “Prospects for Peace in a Land Called Holy”

Monday, November 12, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
New Albemarle County Office Building
1600 5th Street, extended


  • William Quandt, Professor of International Relations, University of Virginia
  • Daniel Lefkowitz, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Middle East Studies Program, University of Virginia
  • Muhammad Sahli, former President of the Islamic Center of Virginia and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Corinne Whitlatch, Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace, Washington, D.C.

From left to right:  Daniel Lefkowitz, Muhammad Sahli, John Peale (Moderator)
William Quandt, and Corinne Whitlatch

Morality and National Power: 
A Conversation on Foreign Policy
with Professor William F. May

May 8, 2007 at 8:00 p.m.
New Albemarle County Office Building
1600 5th Street, extended

Ethicist William F. May, who served on the President’s Council on Bioethics, is a fellow of the Institute for Practical Ethics & Public Life at UVA. He began his teaching career at Smith College and has held professorships in religion and ethics at Indiana University, Georgetown University, and Southern Methodist University. He has authored six books and contributed chapters to dozens of others. Professor May has received several awards for distinguished teaching and scholarship and has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad.

David McFarlane, Moderator (left), William F. May, Speaker

CLJP Vigil of Fasting and Prayer for Redemption 
and Reconciliation
January 25, 2007

Peace Vigil Talk by the Reverend Tony Perrino:  “On behalf of Clergy and Laity United for Justice and Peace, I want to welcome you to this vigil for peace, a vigil of fasting and prayer, for redemption and reconciliation. ”  Read more . . .

Prayer by the Reverend Dr. Laura S. Sugg: “God of love, even though we call you by many names, every religious tradition calls us to be reconciled with one another, to treat each other with justice, and to live in peace.”   Read more . . .


A Public Forum
The Role of Religion in Politics: Jewish, Christian, & Islamic Perspectives

Podcast available:  “The Role of Religion in Politics: Jewish, Christian, & Islamic Perspectives,” a public forum presented by Clergy and Laity United for Justice and Peace on September 20, 2006, featured stimulating and in-depth commentary on this important and frequently misunderstood subject by Russ Linden, political activist, adjunct UVa faculty member, and member of the Jewish community; Helena Cobban, columnist and member of the Friends (Quaker) community; and Abdulaziz Sachedina, Ph.D., UVa Professor of Religious Studies and member of the Islamic community. Listen to these presentations . . .


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Speakers (from left to right):  Russ Linden, Helena Cobban,
Abdulaziz Sachedina, and chairman Carl Matthews


Sponsored by Clergy and Laity United for Justice and Peace