The James Luther Adams Foundation seeks to cultivate a community of inquiry, conversation, and action engaging the distinctive voice and vision of James Luther Adams with contemporary religious, political, economic, and cultural concerns—concerns that are personally and institutionally formed and reformed through prophetic faith, democratic community, and ecological commitment.
Professor Charles Mathewes
James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society

The Future of American Christianity after the Religious Right

Charles Mathewes

 Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies
at the University of Virginia
Respondent: William J. Everett
Herbert Gezork Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Emeritus
Andover Newton Theological School

Oct. 29, 2021, 3PM ET
110 Monroe Hall, University of Virginia

The Forum will be recorded and video will be posted on this website following the event.
See the Upcoming Forum page for map and parking information.

The faith of a church or of a nation is an adequate faith only when it inspires and enables people to give of their time and energy to shape the various institutions — social, economic, and political — of the common life.”

James Luther Adams


Join us for the 2021 James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society with speaker Dr. Charles Mathewes, Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. Professor Mathewes will speak on “The Future of American Christianity after the Religious Right.” DATE, TIME, & LOCATION Friday, October 29, 2021,

Based on newly processed home movies by James Luther Adams, never shown before, of Germany’s most prominent Christian leaders of the 1930s. A film about the church and the Nazis. James Luther Adams, professor emeritus of Christian ethics, and George Huntston Williams, professor emeritus of church history, recount their personal remembrances

“An unexamined faith is not worth having,” said James Luther Adams.  What, then, is a faith worth having?  The essay below links three sermons on transcendence, a foundational element in any faith tradition and for this reason, central to theology—that is, critical and creative reflection on religion. This work had

Who was James Luther Adams and why is he important for those who care about the fate of liberalism—liberal religion and liberal democracy alike—in this age of anxiety?  For an answer there is no better place to begin than Adams’s own dialogues at a gathering of the Collegium Association, at

“We Unitarian Universalists have been living off the intellectual capital of James Luther Adams for half a century now.” It was in the 1980s. The speaker was a respected older UU minister. His assertion surprised me at first, since he was a self-declared religious humanist, while JLA was clearly a

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