The Landscape of Settler Religious Colonialism in U.S. America

Date(s) - 04/10/2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


The Landscape of Settler Religious Colonialism in U.S. America
Fourteenth W. A. Welsh Seminar
Saturday, April 10, 2021 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

As a self-identified Christian nation, we rarely question the role of religion in colonizing and settling U.S. America and how it helped shape our culture, institutions and racialized landscape. Primarily affecting indigenous peoples, religion has been a powerful tool in the dispossession of Native cultures and the reconstruction of religious identities. Historian Karl Jacoby observed that violence against Native Americans is “at once the most familiar and most overlooked subject in American history.” The purpose of this seminar is to trace the history of settler Christianity in its construction of an “American” identity and the consequences upon many peoples in this process of changing landscapes. Consequences which continue to shape current events.

Lisa Barnett is an Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity at Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK). She previously served as a lecturer in the history department at Texas Christian University. Lisa earned her PhD from TCU in 2017 and has two Master’s degrees from Brite Divinity School. Her most recent publication is an essay in Border Policing: A History of Enforcement and Evasion in North America. Lisa also has an article that appeared in The Christian Century Then & Now blog, and a column for “Sightings: Reflections on Religion in Public Life” sponsored by the Martin Marty Center. She was the 2012 winner of the Isaac Errett Award for History and her paper was published in the Spring 2013 edition of the Stone-Campbell Journal. Lisa is also the author of two essays in the book on the history of Brite Divinity School published in 2011.




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