We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Keynote Speaker will be Rev Dr Paul Rasor.

Paul Rasor (1)

Paul Rasor retired in 2013 after nearly 30 years of teaching in law and theology and religious studies at several American institutions, most recently as Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Wesleyan College. In 2015 he was named the Gerard van der Leeuw Fellow in the faculty of theology and religious studies and Visiting Professor of Law in the faculty of law at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where for two years he taught an interdisciplinary course on Hate Speech. He is also on the international advisory board of the Center for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen.

Paul received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard University and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) from the University of Michigan. He is also an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.

Paul has published widely in both law and theology for both scholarly and lay audiences. Among other books, he is author of Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square (2012) and Faith Without Certainty: Liberal Theology in the 21st Century (2005), which has been translated into Dutch, Hungarian and Czech. He is also editor of From Jamestown to Jefferson: The Evolution of Religious Freedom in Virginia, University of Virginia Press, 2011. He recently contributed chapter on patterns of regulating religion in Europe for a book on Religion in European Society to be published in 2017.