The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) 2006-2007 Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture series continues at noon on Wednesday, November 8, 2006, with a presentation by Jonathan Miller, Kentucky State Treasurer and author of The Compassionate Community: Ten Values to Unite America. The lecture will take place at Mayerson Hall on the HUC-JIR campus, 3101 Clifton Avenue. Lunch is at noon, and the lecture will begin at 12:30 concluding at 1:30 p.m.
Miller will be speaking about the topics discussed in The Compassionate Community. In his book he addresses religion and moral "values," a hot button issue today, and shares his bipartisan vision of a society where Americans of all faiths can build a stronger democracy. He explores ten values-ranging from opportunity to justice-and highlights timeless Bible stories to illuminate them. As a popular Democratic elected official and Jewish native of Kentucky, Jonathan Miller brings a unique perspective to today's intense and polarizing debate concerning the proper role of religion and "moral values" in the political arena. Miller has come to understand that while religion sometimes has been the source of divisiveness, the language and lessons of faith can unite most Americans.
Miller, the State Treasurer of Kentucky, has been named an emerging national leader by groups as diverse as the Democratic Leadership Council and the Aspen Institute. A graduate of Harvard College and Law School, Miller lives in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and their two daughters. As a teenager, Miller served as National President of the North American Federation of Temple Youth, and later was a member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of the United Jewish Communities. He is donating all of his profits from the sale of his book, The Compassionate Community, to charity.
The lecture on November 8, part of the Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture series is coordinated by the Department of Outreach Education at HUC-JIR and aims to educate the lifelong learner on time-honored and emerging issues in a faith-based environment. The cost for lunch and lecture is $10; lecture only, is free. Jonathan Miller will be available for a book singing and copies of the book will be sold. Please reserve ahead by calling Marcia Cruse, (513) 487-3053 or send a check to HUC-JIR, Department of Outreach Education, 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220. Free parking is available and Mayerson Hall is handicapped accessible.