Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, is this year’s featured speaker at Central Congregational Church’s annual Darrell West Lecture Series on Religion and Politics. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, February 12 at 6 p.m. at the church, which is located at 296 Angell St., in Providence.
Moynihan and West, a former Brown University political science professor now a Brookings Institution senior vice-president, will discuss leadership and the current economy, as well as the role of corporate philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.
Moynihan, a Brown University alum and current member of the university’s Board of Trustees, leads one of the world’s largest financial institutions. During his tenure h has led each of the bank’s lines of business, including consumer and small business banking, wealth management and corporate and investment banking.
Moynihan also serves on a bevy of organizations that focus on economic trends and policy-making, including the World Economic Forum International Business Council, the Financial Services Forum, and the Bi-Partisan Policy Center CEO Council on Health and Innovation.
Moynihan is a supporter of the Haitian Project, which was founded in the early 1980s by St. Joseph’s Parish in Providence to bring humanitarian aid and relief to Haiti. The Haitian Project operates the Loverture Clearly School, which offers secondary education to Haitian children. Central Congregational Church has a long history of service work in Haiti through the Haiti Task Force, which was co-founded by the Rev. H. Daehler Hayes, a Central Church member and former conference minister of the Rhode Island Conference of the United Church of Christ. That initiative provides education, health care, orphan relief and community-based services to Haitians.
This lecture is the 11th in a series sponsored by West, who was an active member of Central Congregational Church when he taught at Brown and lived in Providence. The series was started to provide a forum for issues at the intersection of religion and politics. Among the previous speakers in the series are Ayaaan Hirst Ali, E.J. Dionne Jr., of the Washington Post, Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR and Princeton University scholar Elaine Pagels, author of the `Gnostic Gospels.’