Posted by Ellen Ogintz Fishman
I remember reading the groundbreaking book, “The Secular City,” by Harvey Cox, for a religious studies class in college, not long after it was published in 1965. It was an extraordinary pleasure to listen to Cox’ keynote address at the second Board of Advocates annual meeting. Rather concisely—given the event—and very lucidly, with humanity and openness, he described the changes in the state of religion from that time to today, talked about fundamentalism, and emphasized his hope that the basic values that various traditions share and that guide the mission of JF&CS will remain in place. Professor Cox taught at the Harvard Divinity School for forty-four years until his retirement in 2009. He is a prolific author and leading world scholar whose teaching focus has been the interaction of religion, culture, and politics. As a good professor will, he left ample time for questions from his audience.
The mission of the JF&CS Board of Advocates is to enhance the effectiveness of the organization’s work as the leading provider of comprehensive human services in Greater Boston by extending the agency’s circle of friends and ambassadors. The annual meeting brings together members of the Board of Advocates to highlight JF&CS programs and to participate in discussions with agency leadership, staff, and expert speakers in a collegial atmosphere.