“Bernie Manekin, one of the founding Jewish trustees of the ICJS, was a man who became entangled in the lives of those that he came to know and love. Jim Clark, a Presbyterian, was a builder who wanted to change the inner, as well of the outer landscape of urban America. Jim was one of the lucky people who came into Bernie’s orbit, and the gravitational pull of Bernie’s personality was irresistible. A lifelong friendship was forged, and while neither Bernie nor Jim are with us on this earth, the Manekin-Clark lecture bears witness to their deep, and resilient interreligious friendship.” (From introduction by Heather Miller Rubens, executive director, 12/10/2019)
The ICJS Manekin-Clark Lecture brings leading interreligious thinkers to Baltimore to engage the general public on a range of topics relevant to interreligious relations and religious pluralism. The lecture is named in honor of two long-time civic leaders, Bernard Manekin and A. James Clark, and their interreligious friendship.
The lecture is made possible by endowment funds from the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation and the Manekin family. All lectures are free and open to the public.
The Manekin-Clark Lecture is presented annually to honor Bernie Manekin's lifelong commitment to the work of Jewish-Christian relations. The Lecture is made possible by endowment grants from The Clark Charitable Foundation and the Manekin family. These lectures are free and open to the public.