In addition to its regular content explaining and commenting on a wide range of topics, Canopy Forum also publishes thematic series addressing issues at the intersection of law and religion from a range of perspectives. These series explore important current concerns through a series of essays or other multimedia content published over the course of several days or weeks, and aim to spark further conversations among our readers about how best to think about and deliberate on these questions.

November 2020 — In this series, developed in partnership with Talk About and BYU’s International Center for Law and Religion Studies, scholars, theologians, jurists, and clergy reflect on Pope Francis’s recently published Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti (“All Brothers”), from a range of perspectives, highlighting the relevance, possibilities — and in some cases, the limitations — of the Pope’s sweeping call for a more charitable fraternity among people and nations.

October 2020 — The purpose of this virtual conference is to provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection on the implications for law and religion in the United States of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the economic and racial justice crises, from our current perspectives approximately six months into the crisis.

September 2020 — This series, created in honor of Constitution Day, features reflections from a number of prominent scholars hailing for several distinct religious traditions and nationalities.

June 2020 In this series, Dr. David Little develops a unified theory of human rights based upon the personal and collective right of self-defense.

April–May, 2020 — This series reflects on the COVID-19 crisis through the lens of law and religion.

March, 2020 — The legacy of slavery continues to ripple and reverberate across our national and global consciousness, as we grapple with identity, racism, and the meaning of belonging.

February 2020 — This series explores the intersection of law and forgiveness in American law from a variety of religious perspectives.

January 2020 — This series explores the relationship between Natural Law and Human Rights in light of the State Department’s recently convened Commission on Unalienable Rights.

In the coming months, you can expect Canopy Forum to roll out thematic series on topics that include Healthcare Access, Self-Defense Rights, Aiding Illegal Immigrants, Abortion and “Heartbeat Bills,” Slavery Reparations, and others. 

Authors interested in contributing their thoughts on these or other topics, or who wish to cultivate a series of essays themselves can find out more about doing so here.

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