Oh yeah, I’m talking tonight

I’ll be speaking tonight at Beth El Synagogue in New Rochelle about my book, Can God Intervene? How Religion Explains Natural Disasters.

I should probably have mentioned this before now, but I’m not too good at self promotion.

51vjm0buq8l_aa240_.jpgThe Interreligious Council of New Rochelle invited me, which I greatly appreciate. I had a chance to speak at their annual Thanksgiving morning interfaith service a few years ago.

The program is at 7:30, free and open to the public. Beth El is at North Avenue and Northfield Road.

Of course, natural disasters have not stopped taking lives since I finished the book last year. This month, tornadoes killed 58 people in the southern states. Religion News Service did a story about what religious leaders in Tennessee had to say about the tornadoes.

“Sometimes you just have these weather events,” the Rev. Ron Lowery, a United Methodist district superintendent in central Tennessee, told RNS. “And nobody would wish that upon you, and God would himself not have that come upon us.”

Then why did God let it happen? Could God have stopped it? Didn’t God have to be part of it, in some way?

These are the kinds of questions I address in my book.

After I talk for a few minutes, we’ll hear from three clergy: Rabbi Melvin Sirner of Beth El, the Rev. DeQuincy Hentz, Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in New Rochelle, and the Rev. Carol Fryer, a new chaplain at the Wartburg.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.