Being Lutheran In A Divided Society



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Please join us for a 9-week study of the Lutheran Church, our Christian neighbors, race and politics in religion and racial injustice. Each class will be on Sunday from 9:45 - 10:45am. Bring your questions and an open mind.

February 3:  Our Christian Neighbors.  In our diverse society, we often seek to learn about other faith traditions, but how much do we know about our Christian neighbors? How is it that Creator is a congregation of the Evangelical Church in America, but are not considered part of the evangelical "tradition"?  What makes us different then from many of the other Christian churches in East Pierce County?  Who are the Fundamentalist, Evangelicals, Pentecostals and how do they differ from each other and us?  We will attempt to cover and contrast the broader "traditions" in one Sunday, so this will be definitely just an overview!

February 10: What does it mean to be Lutheran. Whether you are a visitor and new to the Lutheran tradition, a life-long Lutheran, or a lifelong member of Creator, do you know who are the Lutherans?  Do you know how we became the ELCA and who are the "other" Lutherans in America?   Do you think Lutherans typically come from Scandinavia and Germany?  What makes Lutherans distinctive from other Christians, or are we?  Do you know what it means when we have "Full Communion" with the Presbyterians?   What does it mean to be a Lutheran? If you've had any of these questions, come learn something about who we are at Creator. So if someone in Fred Meyer asks you, "So who are the Lutherans, anyway?" you can provide a confident answer.

February 17 & 24:  "Toward a Historical Understanding of Evangelicalism: A Closer Look at Race, Politics, and American Christianity." Seth Dowland, Associate Professor of Religion at PLU, whose areas of expertise include American Christianity, U.S. Religious History, Evangelicalism, and Religion and Politics will spend two weeks with us, with a focus on the ways that major events in American history--including the Civil War, the rise of Jim Crow segregation, the New Deal, the Cold War, and the civil rights movement--have influenced the development of American Protestantism and, in particular, evangelical identity. He will challenge all of us to realize the ways race and religion are inseparable. 

March 3 & 10:  Dr. Marit Trelstad, Professor of Constructive and Lutheran Theologies and chair of the Lutheran Studies program at PLU will spend two weeks with us covering Christian theology that is often overlooked in mainstream circles and discussions.

March 17, 24 & 31:  "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible"   A video and guided discussion series that uses stories in this film to reveal what is often required to move through the stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear, and shame into making a solid commitment to ending racial injustice. This film catalyzes powerful dialogue to support the learning, change and healing of all people who want to undo race-based oppression.