Christian leaders may wonder how they can be true to their faith convictions in a polarized political atmosphere. New resources, along with essays and interviews from the Faith & Leadership archives, can help.
The 2020 election
As the toll of twin pandemics continues to mount and a divisive election looms, true absolution requires more than just words, writes an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
The gender ideals of evangelicalism have led evangelical Christians to embrace rugged, often immoral and violent men, a scholar of Christian history says.
Millions of people are leaving the evangelical movement. Helping those ex-evangelicals rediscover Jesus and a viable practice of the Christian faith is the goal of Gushee’s new book, “After Evangelicalism.”
Many are confused by evangelical support for President Donald Trump. An American historian wrestles with the reasons for this phenomenon, explained through three recent books.
As our nation continues to reckon with racism, it's time to face other injustices, too, including hostility and attacks on religious minorities, writes a visiting professor at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity.
Like everything else, this election season is being complicated by the pandemic. But the traditional role Black churches have played in encouraging voter turnout can continue, building on some of what has been learned in the last six months, says a pastor.
Members of the Washington Interfaith Staff Community take part in a health care vigil. Photo courtesy of the Friends Committee on National Legislation
Partisan divides may mark politics in Washington, D.C., but faith-based lobbyists there find ways to work together for the greater good.
The minister and professor of preaching offers a method of dialogue in advance of the coming election.
Christians must remain engaged for the sake of the country and the integrity of their own faith, writes an author and activist.
The steel wall on the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico, includes phrases and names of deported veterans. The center phrase translated from Spanish says: "Here is where the dreams bounced back." iStock / Photo Beto
Latinx Protestants defy expectations on issues like immigration, write two sociologists.
The author and activist tells how the religious right monopolized public faith and family values, and how Christians can change the conversation.
Politics and religious faith
Despite all our attempts to keep religion and politics apart, they do come together in the church, writes a pastor.
Whether Democrats or Republicans, Christians in the U.S. can be active participants in party politics and still be true to their faith, says a consultant on religion and politics and former staffer in the Obama administration’s faith-based initiative.
Politics is not a necessary evil; it’s an important way to care for a community, says a professor and theologian.
Leading in the public square
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II speaking at a Moral Monday rally. Creative Commons: Flickr / Twbuckner
In this interview, the leader of the Moral Mondays movement talks about leading in the public square.
How do we rightly read the Bible in the midst of the political issues of our time? A New Testament scholar calls for a renewed theological imagination, filled with generosity, hope and grace.
A group of pastors is asking churches to celebrate communion on Election Day to send the message that the church is a radical alternative to the power structures of our world.
Conflict and polarization
On primary day, the author was confronted with a "Vote here" sign in the shadow of a cross draped in purple for Lent. Photo courtesy of Ed Moore
Despite our desire to find a comfortable middle ground, the incarnation means there may not be a clear, easy way through the midst of cultural conflict, writes a retired United Methodist elder.
Despite deep and irresolvable differences, Americans must find a way to live together, a Washington University law professor says in this interview. He calls for a ‘confident pluralism,’ bolstered in part by tolerance, humility and patience.
In an era of intense polarization, as liberals and conservatives argue over the meaning of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life and work, a Bonhoeffer scholar considers what it means to be a disciple in the age of Trump.
The 2016 presidential election
What is the role of black preaching in the new America of President-elect Trump? This Advent, a young AME pastor finds inspiration and insight in the theology of his denomination’s founder, Richard Allen.
Donald Trump may be a different kind of leader, perhaps even a threat to our democracy, but that doesn’t change the nature of the pastoral vocation, says an Iowa pastor. The pastor is the keeper of a space where we stand on a firm foundation.
In her new book, “Sacred Resistance,” the senior pastor of Foundry UMC in Washington, D.C., articulates how Christians can engage in the work of mending the world.
In the wake of the presidential election, it's time for listening and learning, says the CEO of Sojourners in this interview.