Moral Reckoning: Geographies of Goodness and Evil

March 18, 2021 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Seeking to understand the evil that is racism, the Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr. became a student of the Holocaust.

His research focused on the systematic murder of Jews by ordinary individuals in villages across Europe. A comparative analysis of lynchings in the U.S. led to his insight about a “moral geography” creating spaces of atrocity or, alternatively, goodness.

Ray, who is president of Chicago Theological Seminary and of the Society for the Study of Black Religion, will discuss his work when he presents “Moral Reckoning: Geographies of Goodness and Evil.” The lecture will be presented in a virtual format on April 11, as part of Elmhurst University’s annual Holocaust Service of Remembrance and Lecture.

Ray has written and lectured broadly in the areas of systematic theology, African American religion, human rights and the intersection of religion and politics. His current work focuses on reinvigorating the public square as a place for all, and reclaiming a vital expression of progressive religion in that project.

“Moral Reckoning: Geographies of Goodness and Evil” will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, in a virtual format. Admission is free but registration is required. An access link to the virtual event will be provided closer to the event date. For more information and questions, call (630) 617-5186 to leave a message, or email

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