Talking Politics in a Civil Manner

The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest will be hosting three sessions on talking about politics in a civil manner as a lead up to the Nov. 3 general election.

The sessions, except for one which will be online only, will be held in the church courtyard to allow for social distancing. Masks are encouraged. The Sept. 30 session will be presented remotely by Steven Tomlinson, Associate Professor of Leadership and Administration at the Seminary of the Southwest.

The first session will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the courtyard. All sessions will begin at 6:30 on Wednesdays. In order to maintain adequate physical distance, people who plan to attend are asked to register at heavenlyrestabilene.org/registration. Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. The presentations also will be streamed via Facebook Live for those who wish to participate virtually.

9/16/2020
“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.

9/30/2020
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.

10/14/2020
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and ReligionJoin 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.

10/28/2020
“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.

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