Rev. Gary Dorrien
Rev. Gary Dorrien
Theme of the 2012 Collins Lecture is “God’s Economy: Faithful response to the economic crisis.”

The talk is set for 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday Nov. 1 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave., Portland.  

Speaker is seminary professor the Rev. Gary Dorrien. Lauded by Princeton University philosopher Cornel West as “the preeminent social ethicist in North America today,” Rev. Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and professor of religion at Columbia University. He is an Episcopal priest and the author of 14 books and approximately 250 articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics and history.

With high levels of unemployment and underemployment in this country, a growing divide between those on the upper and lower economic margins, and economic uncertainty throughout the world, one question becomes increasingly important: “How do people and communities of faith respond to the economic crisis in our midst, which is impacting so many people and communities?”

The Archdiocese of Portland Office for Life, Justice and Peace is urging Catholics to attend.

Preceding the lecture that afternoon will be a half-day “Economics 101” workshop. The workshop will begin with a presentation by Martin Hart-Landsberg, professor of economics at Lewis & Clark College. Then comes a panel discussion with Tom Kelly, president of Neil Kelly Co.; Gina Ronning, Portland State University graduate student and Occupy Movement activist; Aurolyn Stwyer-Pinkham, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs; and Kay Toran, president/CEO of Volunteers of America Oregon.

The day is presented by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.

Registration fee for both the workshop and lecture is $40, including dinner. If attending only the lecture, the fee is $10. Students with ID are half price. Register securely online or download a registration brochure at; the registration deadline is Oct. 25. Call (503) 221-1054 for more information.