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Faith and the #MeToo movement

The Crawford Family Forum
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Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protest during a #MeToo march in Hollywood, California on November 12, 2017.
Several hundred women gathered in front of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood before marching to the CNN building to hold a rally. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protest during a #MeToo march in Hollywood, California on November 12, 2017. Several hundred women gathered in front of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood before marching to the CNN building to hold a rally. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

The #MeToo movement has rocked the entertainment, political, media and tech worlds. More recently, it has reignited old conversations and started new ones within faith communities in the United States and around the world.

Accusations of sexual impropriety by male religious leaders have surfaced across faiths — from evangelical Christianity to Islam — fanned by the #MeToo movement, and social media has amplified the voices of accusers. But the conversation about women’s rights and treatment in religious circles is arguably less pronounced than in the secular world. Will it stay that way? Or is the conversation a slow burn ready to catch on?

Join KPCC’s Josie Huang on Thursday, May 24, at the Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena for a talk about the #MeToo movement and its place in faith and spirituality.

Guests:

Eugene Hung – relationship and sexual violence prevention educator; former evangelical pastor
Edina Lekovic host, Meeting the Moment podcast and Muslim-interfaith community builder
Brie Loskota – executive director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California
Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard – pastor at Word of Encouragement Community Church and program manager at USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement

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This event is produced in partnership with the USC Annenberg Knight Program on Media and Religion. It is made possible by a grant from the Luce Foundation.