On Faith: Morality and Foreign Policy

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“Foreign policy impacts individual’s lives and has moral implications for how we live, how we think our country should govern, and for what our country’s positions should be,” said Keith Carlson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Pacifica Christian High School. “We’re very excited to invite the community to join us at our event on Morality and American Foreign Policy. They will leave knowing a lot more about how our country approaches foreign policy and understand that it isn’t just what we read in the newspaper.”

“This event is three weeks before the presidential election, so it’s very timely,” he added.

Morality and American Foreign Policy is part of “The Great Conversation” series. It is free and will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 at Mariners Church from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A panel of experts will explore the moral implications of how America approaches foreign policy and provide insight about the presidential candidates’ views on the topic. The audience can submit questions to be answered during Q&A.

Carlson said the name “The Great Conversation” refers back to the practice begun in early western civilization of great authors debating and discussing the great issues of life.

Pacifica Christian High School, a four-year college-preparatory high school, began its second year in Newport Beach in September. Its mission is to teach young people to think and live well. Its purpose is being “devoted to teaching young men and women to think critically and wisely, instilling heartfelt joy and interest in learning, while encouraging lives of faith, character and service to the glory of God.”

“Pacifica Christian launched ‘The Great Conversation’ its inaugural year to invite the community into conversations on great ideas, debates and discussions about life,” Carlson said. “It’s neither Christian or non-Christian. It’s open for everybody. Our first TGC was a symposium on C.S. Lewis, focused primarily on education. The second was on economics and the free market. Future plans include discussions about music, science, faith in the marketplace and the Constitution.

“TGC is also a great way to introduce people to Pacifica because it reflects our commitment to teaching students to evaluate and defend ideas,” he said. “Students have significant roles in these events, so people can meet them and see how impressive they are. It’s also great for our students to experience putting on a high level symposium so they will be comfortable knowing all the details that go into putting on a first class event. By opening TGC to the community, we hope people will meet new friends, and begin on-going conversations.”

Past TGC events drew between 300 and 400 attendees.

Speakers for this event are Brian Kennedy, William Inboden and Chris Hunter.

Brian Kennedy is president of the American Strategy Group, a think tank dedicated to understanding the strategic threats to the United States. Mr. Kennedy is a member of the Independent Working Group on Missile Defense and is co-author of “Shariah: The Threat to America.”

William Inboden is executive director and William Powers, Jr. Chair at the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for National Security at the University of Texas Austin. Previously, Inboden served as senior director for strategic planning on the National Security Council at the White House, where he worked on a range of foreign policy issues. He has worked as a staff member in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.

Chris Hunter has been a British diplomat for 11 years, covering areas from the Middle East to Central Africa and crisis management. He is currently a policy advisor at the United Kingdom Permanent delegation to the United Nations, negotiating international agreements on counter terrorism and Afghanistan.

For further information, visit pacificaoc.org.

Cindy can be reached at [email protected].








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