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Preaching in Polarized Times
Join the Rev. Dr. Angela Hancock from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for this workshop, which she describes as follows: The reality of mass polarization in the US means that Americans increasingly conflate partisan loyalty with social identity. In other words, those who see social and political issues differently than I do are not just opponents, but enemies. Most of us are aware that the church is not immune from these dynamics. Many Christians either gather to worship only with like-minded others or we never talk about politics at church for fear that division will result. Yet preachers are called to bring the gospel to bear on social and political issues, even in these polarized times. This workshop will consider how polarization malforms preachers and hearers, and explore ways we might disrupt its dehumanizing force, drawing on biblical and theological resources that remind us of our truest identity in Christ.

Apr 6, 2022 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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