Father R. Cotton Fite - Listener
A Listener Panel of academics and religious leaders asked questions and made comments following the testimony on each topic.
R. Cotton Fite is an Episcopal Priest and Clinical Psychologist. He received a B.A. from Williams College, an M.Div. from The General Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He served parishes in Philadelphia and Princeton, New Jersey and attended Chicago’s Urban Training Center for Christian Mission in 1967-68 before serving three years as urban missioner for the Diocese of Pennsylvania. Fr. Fite has been priest associate at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston for more than 30 years.
Fr. Fite joined the clinical staff at Advocate Lutheran General’s Counseling Center in Park Ridge in 1979 and served as its director from 1985 to 2002. During his latter years at the Counseling Center he specialized in treating highly conflicted families. With Herbert Anderson he co-authored Becoming Married from the Family Living in Pastoral Perspective series by John Knox Press.
Fr. Fite became a student of the Israel/Palestine conflict in 2003 and has devoted full time to study and engagement since his retirement from Lutheran General in 2007. In late March he returned from his fourth trip to Israel/Palestine. He is co-chair of the Seraj Library Project which establishes children’s libraries in rural Palestinian villages.