Second Mondays – Start Your Week with Wesley News and Events Lyndon Orinion eCalling Feb 10 2012 For the past two years, Wesley Theological Seminary has opened our doors to the Washington community every second Monday to take part in discussions on a variety of theological topics. With guests ranging from Congressman Ed Whitfield and CNBC Correspondent John Harwood to noted preacher Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, our monthly “Second Mondays” programs have become a gathering point for our friends in Washington outside of the on-campus Wesley community. This past September, we moved Second Mondays to our new downtown center for theological education and public theology, Wesley @ Mount Vernon Square, located at 900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW in Washington, DC. Each event features a presentation by a guest speaker on some topic related to living a life of faith in the nation’s capital. A question and answer period follows where audience members can interact directly with the speaker. This year, in addition to a change in venue, we also changed the time from the early morning to lunch-time. The downtown location makes it the perfect mid-Monday break and box lunches are available for purchase with advance registration. The next Second Mondays program will take place February 13th from noon until 1:15 P.M. and will feature Dr. Shaun Casey, Professor of Christian Ethics, who leads Wesley’s work in faith and politics. Dr. Casey will assess how the religious dynamics of the upcoming Presidential election might influence the race for the White House. Pundits argue that the economy will be the primary issue in the 2012 presidential election. Yet in a very close election other issues could play a pivotal role. Dr. Casey will help us explore some of those issues. In addition to teaching at Wesley, Dr. Casey serves as a consultant to the Project on Religion and Post Conflict Reconstruction at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and he was a top religious advisor during Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He is a graduate of both the Harvard Divinity School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His research interests include the ethics of war and peace, the role of religion in presidential politics, public theology, the role of the Church in fighting global poverty, and the problem of theodicy as it relates to the Red Sox. He recently published a book on the role of religion in the 1960 presidential election: The Making of a Catholic President: Kennedy vs. Nixon, 1960.