While the rest of America was gathered around their television sets to watch The Oscars a few hundred of us in Portland, Oregon met at First Congregational United Church of Christ to hear Rabbi Michael Lerner discuss his new book The Left Hand of God. Rabbi Lerner spoke for an hour and a half and then stayed to answer questions and sign books.
Since I haven't yet read this book I cannot offer a review. But what I will say is that he spoke with great strength tonight about the need for progressive religious people to work with secular progressive groups on issues of common concern. I fully agreed with Rabbi Lerner that there are many in the political left who would feel religious people and religion itself should have no place at table.
So check out the book and visit the website of his new group: Network of Spiritual Progressives.
As always, Rabbi Lerner is doing good and important work.
He was also a guest today on State of Belief - Air America's religion program. You can hear the podcast tomorrow from their web site or via iTunes.
I'll write a more lengthily review of the book after I've read it.
Anyone tape The Oscars? How'd Jon Stewart do?