It is almost universally agreed there are two subjects one should avoid discussing in polite company: religion and politics. The reason for this societal taboo is obvious: conversations about religion and politics tend to reveal deep and uncomfortable disagreements among people who would otherwise consider themselves friends. And yet, to avoid discussing politics or religion is to avoid engaging with something fundamental to who we are as human beings. Both politics and religion are ways that we seek to make sense of the world. They are, in other words, topics worth exploring.
As we prepare for the U.S. Elections on November 3, we will challenge this well-worn taboo and examine the interplay of faith and politics. We will explore the ways our deeply held religious and political views shape the way we experience the world. Unless otherwise noted, these conversations will take place on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 in the Courtyard. In an effort to maintain adequate physical distance, those who wish to attend are asked to register at heavenlyrestabilene.org/registration. Please plan to bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. Masks or face coverings are strongly encouraged.The presentations will also be streamed via Facebook Live for those who wish to participate virtually.
In this contentious political season, we hope you will join us as we consider what it means to be both faithful and political.
“So that we may be like other nations”: The Ambivalence of Biblical Leadership
Join David Romanik as he explores the surprising intersections between the Book of Samuel and George Washington’s political career, and what they teach us about the dynamics of power today. (Click below to access the presentation powerpoint)
Discovering God’s Economy
In his second letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul describes our common life in Christ as an economy — a way of meeting needs, employing gifts and creating occasions for fellowship — that is both a metaphor for our salvation and a sign of possibility to the wider world. Join Steven Tomlinson, Associate Professor of Leadership and Administration at the Seminary of the Southwest, as he considers how we might more fully realize this vision. Dr. Tomlinson will offer his presentation remotely. We will provide specifics about what that will look like in the coming weeks.
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Join Dr. Dan Stiver and Dr. Tom Copeland, professors at Hardin-Simmons University, as they explore some of the reasons it can be so difficult to communicate with those who hold divergent views about politics and religion. (Click below to access the presentation handout.)
“God has so arranged the Body”: Saint Paul and the Gift of Disagreement
Join David Romanik as he considers what the apostle Paul teaches us about fostering community with those who have different ways of understanding the world.