Adult Education Summer Series:
What is Christian Nationalism? And what does it mean for my life and faith as a Christian?

This summer Pastor Krista and Deacon Heather will facilitate a series of conversations about Christian Nationalism and what it means for us as followers of Jesus. On the following dates, we invite you to gather with us in the Welcome Center:

  • Wednesday, June 19, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 18, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 14, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Feel free to BYOB and any snacks/food to munch on!

We invite you to be curious, to seek to learn about what Christian Nationalism is and what it isn’t. We will seek to learn what the historical basis is for this movement and what this movement means for us as Christians.

Together, we will watch the documentary “God and Country” and then engage in conversation after watching the film. Click here to read an interview with the director of this film.

Questions we hope to ponder together:

  • Is the separation of Church and State important? And what does this mean exactly?
  • Can I still be patriotic and not agree with Christian Nationalism?
  • What are the impacts of Christian Nationalism for us as Christians and as a congregation?

As we prepare to talk about Christian Nationalism together this summer, Deacon Heather and Pastor Krista are recommending resources on the topic. 

A few disciples have reached out to ask if there was a book they can read in preparation for our summer education series. Deacon Heather recommends reading “Baptizing America—How Mainline Protestants Helped Build Christian Nationalism” by Brian Kaylor & Beau Underwood. Click on this link to read an overview and the forward of the book—they even offer a substantial discount if you order directly from their publisher. A link to order a copy of the book can be found at the end of their comments.

The editor of the book “Baptizing America” shares a few of his thoughts on why people of faith need to be talking about Christian Nationalism. Click here to read his comments.

Theologian, and ELCA pastor, Barbara Lundblad presented a lecture at Augsburg earlier this spring where she looks at the history of Christian Nationalism. You can watch her lecture here.

This recommendation comes from Pastor Krista: Diana Butler Bass is a pastor, author and theologian. Her blog, called The Cottage, is insightful and inspiring. She published this blog post this week: Faith and Politics for the Rest of Us. In it she shares two brief video links that will be used in the course she is teaching with Homebrewed Christianity of the same name. Both are about the history of religious freedom in the United States. Ken Burn’s commencement speech at Brandeis University is eye opening, thought provoking and timely.  

 

Click here to view our online Adult Education schedule.