IUCC, University Synagogue to explore dangerous religious ideas with author Rachel S. Mikva

Irvine United Congregational Church will host Rabbi Rachel S. Mikva, author of “Dangerous Religious Ideas: The Deep Roots of Self-Critical Faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,” for two 45-minute talks with questions on Sunday, March 7, at 1 p.m.

The event will take place via Zoom, with sign-ups at iucc.org/register. The first 45 households to register will receive a free copy of this new book!

We know that scripture’s abiding relevance can inspire great goodness, such as welcoming the stranger and extending compassion for the poor. But its authority has also been wielded to defend slavery, marginalize LGBTQ individuals, ignore science, and justify violence.

Grounded in close readings of scripture and tradition in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, religious scholar Rachel Mikva demonstrates that the Abrahamic religions have always been aware of their tremendous power both to harm and to heal. And so they have transmitted their sacred stories along with built-in tools—interpretive traditions—to do the necessary work of taking on dangerous religious ideas and fostering self- critical faith.

Rabbi Mikva serves as the Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman Chair in Jewish Studies and Senior Faculty Fellow of the InterReligious Institute at Chicago Theological Seminary. This event is co-sponsored by University Synagogue, Irvine.

Irvine United Congregational Church is an Open & Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, founded in 1980 to provide a progressive voice in conservative Orange County. Our new senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Sarah Halverson-Cano, grew up in the congregation and has gained a wide reputation for social-justice advocacy.

During the pandemic, worship services are held online (facebook.com/irvineucc and iucc.org) at 9:30 & 11:00 on Sunday mornings. More information can be found on the congregation’s website, iucc.org, or by contacting the church office at 949-733-0220.

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