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Good Faith Media is hosting a series of virtual forums on faith and politics during October.

The first Good Faith Forum, produced in conjunction with Interfaith Alliance, took place Oct. 8. A recording of the event is available here.

Led by Rabbi Jack Moline, Interfaith Alliance is the only national interfaith organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of both religion and democracy in America.

The second forum will take place at 1 p.m. EDT / noon CDT Thursday, Oct. 15, via livestreaming to GFM’s Facebook page.

Panelists Randall Balmer, Bruce Gourley and Lori Walke will discuss the unique circumstances and qualities that make 2020 a presidential election like no other.

Balmer holds the John Phillips Chair in religion at Dartmouth, the oldest endowed professorship at Dartmouth College. A prize-winning historian and Emmy Award nominee, he earned a doctorate from Princeton University in 1985 and taught as professor of American religious history at Columbia University for 27 years before coming to Dartmouth in 2012.

Gourley is the managing editor of publications and experiences director at Good Faith Media. A historian with a doctorate from Auburn, he is an award-winning author of eight books, award-winning outdoor photographer, Lifelong Learning instructor at Montana State University and a public speaker.

Walke is associate minister at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. She earned an undergraduate degree in political science in 2005 and a graduate degree in health care administration in 2006 from Oklahoma State University. Passionate about social justice and the public good, she earned her juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2009 and passed the Oklahoma Bar exam the same year.

You can sign up for reminder emails related to the forums and can submit questions to the panelists in advance of the forum here; inquiries also can be submitted during the live event via Facebook chat.

GFM staff will curate questions submitted in advance and during the event. The moderator will present selected questions to the panelists.

In July, three Good Faith Forums focused on racial justice, engaging panelists from across the U.S. in discussing systemic racism, white privilege, white supremacy, Christian nationalism and policing.

In August, forums focused on public education, with panelists discussing restarting school during a pandemic, public education as a foundation of democracy and privatization efforts.

Recordings of these forums are available for viewing via the GFM Facebook page and Vimeo channel.

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