Reporting on religion workshop
Find out why religion reporting needs to be a central part of your weekly newsgathering business. More than 70 percent of Americans self-identify as “Christian,” according to the most recent Pew Research Center study, and the Christian faith continues to permeate our culture. Other religions, such as Judaism and Islam, as well as a lesser defined “spirituality,” have deep U.S. roots.
Don’t let religion coverage in your community sleep soundly. Religion informs your readers’ lives. It plays a role in what people think, what they say and how they share the narratives of their lives. In many cases, you can provide a more fully rounded story by examining the religious angle.
Three Regis University scholars – a Jesuit theologian, a Roman Catholic feminist theologian and an interfaith studies professor – will look at modern religion news coverage from a religious and theological vantage point. They’ll examine the nature of religious storytelling in light of our polarized political culture and the way univocal and stereotypical understandings of religion produce weak, abstract and inaccurate news and feature stories. Q&A will follow.
Rev. Kevin F. Burke, S.J., was recently appointed the vice president for ministry at Regis University in Denver, a position he will begin on Aug. 1. A professor of Fundamental and Systematic Theology, he taught for nine years at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA (1997-2006)) and for eleven years at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA (2006-17), where he also served as Dean (2006-12) and Acting President (2008-09). Author and editor of four books on Ignacio Ellacuría, including The Ground beneath the Cross: The Theology of Ignacio Ellacuría (2000) and, most recently, A Grammar of Justice: The Legacy of Ignacio Ellacuría (2014), he also edited Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings (2004) and, with his sister, Dr. Eileen Burke-Sullivan, authored The Ignatian Tradition (2009). He is currently writing a book on the theological vision of the poet, Denise Levertov.