The Values Divide Underneath the Political Divide

Dates: March 7, 2022

Meets: M from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Museum of the Rockies

Cost: $0.00
None Entered: $0.00

Enrollment requires a 2021 - 2022 OLLI at MSU Membership

As the first congregational rabbi to ever serve in a state legislature, Ed Stafman wanted to understand the role of the values, spiritual, and religious divide underlying the political divide. Rabbi Ed will explore how changing values, especially spiritual and religious values, have changed our politics. We'll look at the long history of rights versus responsibilities and the impact of our ever-evolving understanding of "rights."

Topics to be covered include:

The historic and current roles of rights versus responsibilities in society

How the line between rights and religion has become blurred, as the two have merged

How the decline of some religions and the ascension of others have contributed to the political divide

How the blurring of rights and religion has influenced Montana politics

Fee:   $0.00

Museum of the Rockies

600 W Kagy Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59717

Rabbi Ed Stafman

Rabbi Representative Ed Stafman practiced law for 25 years, specializing in civil rights and death penalty defense. After retiring, he pursued Rabbinic School and simultaneously completed the coursework in a Ph.D. program in religion. After eight years of study, he was ordained and accepted the pulpit in Bozeman. He served for ten years before retiring in 2018 and became Rabbi Emeritus, the title he holds today. He has also served as President of OHALAH, a large international rabbinic association, and has been involved in numerous community and interfaith programs in Bozeman. He recently resumed acting and will appear as Rabbi Isador Chemelwitz in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, opening on March 11 at the Emerson. In 2020, Rabbi Ed successfully ran for the Montana House of Representatives, serving on the Judiciary and Health and Human Services (HHS) committees. He currently chairs the Interim HHS Committee and is focused on improving Montana's mental health systems.


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