On Sunday, March 19, Elena Aronson led over twenty people in a workshop exploring the origens and expressions of Christian Nationalism. Christian Nationalism claims that Christianity should have a privileged position in the public square.
Aronson provided a worksheet that helped participants counter the features of Christian Nationalism with civically-engaged Christian responses. For example: “America was founded as a Christian nation” is countered with “America was founded as a place of religious freedom.“
Articles a. What is Christian Nationalism? – Christianity Today i. https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/february-web-only/what-is-christ ian-nationalism.html b. Views of the U.S. as a ‘Christian nation’ and opinions about ‘Christian nationalism’ – Pew Research Center i. https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/2022/10/27/views-of-the-u-s-as-a-ch ristian-nation-and-opinions-about-christian-nationalism/ c. Black, Evangelical and Torn – New York Times i. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/14/magazine/black-evangelicals.html d. White Christian Nationalists Want More Than Just Political Power – Atlantic i. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/01/white-evangelicals-fixa tion-on-washington-dc/617690/ e. What Does ‘White Christian Nationalism’ Even Mean, Anyway? – Sojourners i. https://sojo.net/articles/what-does-white-christian-nationalism-even-meananyway
Books a. Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States – Andrew L. Whitehead & Samuel L. Perry b. Postcards from Babylon: The Church in American Exile – Brian Zahnd c. Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation – Kristin Kobes Du Mez d. American Idolatry: How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Church – Andrew L. Whitehead e. Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery – Mark Charles & Soong-Chan Rah
Organizations a. Christians Against Christian Nationalism i. https://www.christiansagainstchristiannationalism.org/ ii. Instagram: @endchristiannationalism
In conjunction with the Salt Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches, First Church will explore the Lenten season with common objects found in the scriptures: dust, bread, cross, coins, shoes and oil. This series is inspired by Jill Duffield who reminds us that God works through the ordinary and goes to great lengths to communicate with us about Jesus Christ, salvation, grace, and reconciliation.
Drawing from the Christian contemplative tradition, Duffield reminds us that it is often in “hindsight that God’s providence becomes recognizable.” Throughout his teaching, Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is near and in our midst. Each week through these objects you will be asked to consider the possibility, the promise, that God is present, speaking, seeking to be in relationship with you.
Finally, the churches in the cluster will participate in a pulpit exchange. First Church will be welcoming Reverend Hong-kien Jeremiah Lee of Addison: Good Samaritan Church and the Reverend Juyeon Jeon of Bensenville: First UMC. Pastor Joe will be preaching at Addison: Good Samaritan and Elmhurst: Christ and Villa Park: Calvary.
Join us for a Free Celebratory lunch with Halloween-themed games and activities, a Costume contest, and a baking contest for all ages. The kids will be trick-or-treating for the United Community Concerns Association so please bring your change.
Click HERE for more information and to register for the event and enter the baking contest.
York Woods, September 11, 2022; 7 am-8 am; overcast and rain.
Four people took a chance today to go birding with Pastor Joe. We learned that DuPage County is home to 268 observed species and that York Woods was the first forest preseve of DuPage County. Woodpeckers were the most abundant bird family represented so we learned how to identify male and female wood peckers.
We heard many hermit thrushes and were rewarded with one on the path flitting its wings.
This series explores the sacraments of holy communion and baptism. In preparation for this, consider watching the 1987 movie Babette’s Feast (available for rent on Amazon and Apple tv for $3.99 or free to checkout at Elmhurst Public Library). Additionally, the library is hosting a series of events called Common Connection: Around the Table that uses lectures, discussion and critical thinking to identify topics that influence the world today. Pastor Joe would love to hear about your experiences. You can leave him a comment by clicking this form.
Sunday mornings: July 10, August 14, and September 11; and Wednesday Evening October 5 at 6:30 pm. Taizé prayer is a meditative common prayer that uses uncomplicated and repetitive songs that allow the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity.
Join us as we continue to wrestle with racism and work toward meaningful change through a celebration of Black culture. We will share music, stories, creative activities, education, and a voter registration table. For more information click HERE
June 19, 2022 – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Elmhurst First United Methodist Church – 232 S. York St
Join in this three session Bible Study written by Bishop Sally Dyck, former bishop of the Chicago Episcopal Area.
Many of us want to respond to the continued tragedies of gun violence and we wonder what resources our faith tradition gives us. In her introduction, Bishop Dyck says,
This Bible study; Kingdom Dreams, Violent Realities; is important in helping us identify and articulate the common good that is essential in our policies and attitudes toward guns. We need biblically-based and faith-filled conversations about this public health epidemic. Lives are at stake!
This study will be ZOOM only on June 15, 22, 29 at 11 am. Registration is required. Register here.
Click here for a digital copy of Bishop Dyck’s study.
4 But in the days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of the mountains; it will be lifted above the hills; peoples will stream to it. 2 Many nations will go and say: “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of Jacob’s God, so that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in God’s paths!” Instruction will come from Zion and the Lord’s word from Jerusalem. 3 God will judge between the nations and settle disputes of mighty nations, which are far away. They will beat their swords into iron plows and their spears into pruning tools. Nation will not take up sword against nation; they will no longer learn how to make war. 4 All will sit underneath their own grapevines, under their own fig trees. There will be no one to terrify them; for the mouth of the Lord of heavenly forces has spoken.