Wake Forest University School of Divinity

Common Conversations: The Load of Christian Nationalism and Baptist History

October 18, 2020 Wake Divinity Season 1 Episode 1
Wake Forest University School of Divinity
Common Conversations: The Load of Christian Nationalism and Baptist History
Show Notes

How does Christian Nationalism impact almost every individual and congregation in America today? Is it a more valuable measurement of how someone will vote? Is there a direct tie to slavery and racism?

We invite you to listen to

  •  Amanda Tyler, the Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC),
  • as she talks with Dr. Bill Leonard, Founding Dean, Faculty Emeritus, and Baptist Historian of Wake Divinity.
  • This conversation will be moderated by Rev. Darrell Hamilton (class of ‘17), the Pastor for Formation and Outreach, First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain, MA, and a former Wake Divinity Moyer’s Scholar Intern at BJC.

We’ll also have questions from Rev. Courtney Stamey, class of ‘15 and pastor of Northside BC, Clinton, MS, Dr. Andrew Gardner, class of ‘15 and a BJC board member, Jada Williams, current JD/MD student of the class of ‘24, Rebecca Wiggs, attorney and Wake Divinity BOV member, and Rev. Darnysha Nard, class of ‘17.

Note that the audio version is missing a few components from the video or transcript versions; however, all the conversation is included.

Common Conversations are conversations on common topics between experts in our community and members of the Wake Divinity faculty and staff moderated by Wake Divinity alumnus, students, and supporters. CC is sponsored by the Baptist Commons

For our first Common Conversations series in the fall of 2020, we focus on three topics under the theme of “the weight of racism.”

As architects of equity, hope, and healing, we feel there is a no more important place to begin than to talk about racism in America. The weight of this injustice is on us all.  As our beloved Deacon  Maya Angelou said, “It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it.”

In our series, we’ll tackle

  • The Load of Christian Nationalism and Baptist History for our first episode released in October;
  • Black Baptist Burdens | White Baptist Pressures for the second episode released in November; and
  • The Gravity of Trauma of These Enmeshed Communities for the third episode released in December.

Don’t worry; you don’t need to be a Baptist to engage.

We hope, however, you’ll do more than watch. We hope you are inspired to start your own conversation after listening to ours. And that you, too, will continue the call for justice, compassion, and reconciliation.