Winona Unitarians host lecture on respect and religious liberty


On May 2, WSU Professor Elissa Alzate will deliver the 2021 Stan Pollock Lecture on the political and legal challenges of guaranteeing religious freedom.

The lecture, titled “Toleration is for the Birds; Respect is for Humans,” is a reflection on the difference between toleration and mutual respect as it relates to religious liberty in a rights-based society. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winona and will be available for streaming on their website:

Elissa Alzate is an associate professor of political science at Winona State University, where she teaches political theory and international relations. She received her Master’s of Arts and Ph.D. in political science, specializing in political theory, from the University of California, Davis. She is the author of “Religious Liberty in a Lockean Society, From Concept to Dialogue: An Introduction to Political Theory,” and the Polity article “From Individual to Citizen: Enhancing the Bonds of Citizenship through Religion in Locke’s Political Theory.” 

The Stan Pollock Lecture is given each year on a topic of concern to the larger community. The lecture is part of the Unitarian Sunday service, but guests are especially welcome. The event honors the memory of Stan Pollock, a long-time member of the UU Fellowship and a professor of sociology at St. Mary’s University for 30 years.

Questions about this event can be directed to Jim Armstrong at


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