Spiritual Roots of Contemporary Differences in Religion and Politics

Date/Time
Date(s) - 02/29/2020
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Location
Northway Christian Church

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Spiritual Roots of Contemporary Differences in Religion and Politics
Thirteenth W. A. Welsh Seminar
Saturday, February 29, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Newell Williams, President and Professor of Modern and American Church History, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX

American Christians are divided on issues of gender, sexuality, health care, immigration, and the environment. Could differences in spirituality be a factor? This seminar will examine the historic development of different types of spirituality among contemporary American Protestants. The influence of 18th century figures including Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley, 19th century forms of evangelism, the impact of the Social Gospel Movement and other developments in the American experience will be examined. For the purposes of this seminar, spirituality is defined as an individual’s or group’s understanding and practice of relationship with God. Special attention will be given to tensions in the spirituality of Mainstream Protestants and implications of these tensions for the contemporary witness of these churches.

Newell Williams is President and Professor of Modern and American Church History at Brite Divinity School. Before assuming his present positions, he taught Church History at Christian Theological Seminary, where he also served as Vice-President and Dean. Previously he had been both Assistant Professor of Church History and Assistant/Associate Dean at Brite. Williams earned degrees from the University of Tulsa (BA) and Vanderbilt University (MA; PhD). He is the author of Barton W. Stone: A Spiritual Biography and Ministry Among Disciples: Past, Present and Future and the editor of A Case Study of Mainstream Protestantism: the Disciples’ Relation to American Culture, 1880-1989 and a co-editor of The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement and The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History. He served as Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is currently chair of the General Commission on Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the immediate past president of the Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion.