Faith in Politics

Event details

  • Friday | August 24, 2018 to Sunday | August 26, 2018
  • 6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
  • Blue Water Campground, 7291 County Farm Rd, Lexington, MI 48450

Faith in Politics: Ethics of Christ’s Peace

Cost is $50 with lodging or $25 for commuters.

Yes, faith and politics can go together. The issues are not as one-sided as you might think. Before there were parties and partisanship, the Prophets testified of God’s justice in the world. Our Gospel writers witnessed to the Messiah’s coming and the Kingdom of God. This class is for conservatives and liberals, libertarians and progressives. First, we will define faith and politics. Then, we will consider God’s politics as revealed in scripture. We will feel, think, pray and dialogue. We will ask hard questions and you’ll leave with a sense of how faith in God’s politics, Community of Christ witness, and your own politics fit into faith and political world.

Instructor: Matt Frizzell

Schedule:

Friday, August 24
6:00p – Registration
7:00p – Welcome & Centering
7:30p – Class Session 1
9:00p – Enjoy the evening

Saturday, August 25
7:30a – Breakfast
8:30a – Devotions
9:00a – Class Session 2
12:00p – Lunch
1:00p – Prayer for Peace
1:30p – Class Session 3
5:30p – Dinner
6:30p – Class Session 4
8:30p – Vespers

Sunday, August 26
7:30a – Breakfast/Clean Rooms
8:30a – Class Session 5
11:00a – Closing Worship

Class Outline:

I. What are We Talking About? – Hard Questions and Related Terms
We’ll define how we’ll use faith and politics for the weekend. We’ll also look at the separation of church and state and how it makes faith and politics possible.

II. Doctrine & Covenants 163 – Ethics of Christ’s Peace
We’ll look at Doctrine & Covenants 163, the church’s prophetic mission, and the Ethics of Christ’s Peace.

III. God’s Kingdom in the World – Kraybill’s Upside-Down Kingdom
Each Gospel begins announcing the Kingdom of God in the World. It’s the heart of Christian faith.

IV. Christians & God’s Love in Our Politics
How does Christian witness prophetically speak and act in our political world? You have to decide.

Preparatory Reading:

You will likely enjoy these important books. Start reading early. Take time to enjoy them. Take notes, highlight, and write in them. They will not only help you think about faith and politics, but strengthen your sermons and scripture study.

Doctrine & Covenants 163:1a – 4c; 7a – 8c; 10a – 11b (Link to cofchrist.org: https://www.cofchrist.org/doctrine-and-covenants-section-163)

Kraybill, Donald B. The Upside-Down Kingdom, Updated Edition. Harrisonburg: Herald Press, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0836195132 (Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Upside-Down-Kingdom-Donald-B-Kraybill/dp/0836195132)

Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love. Special Edition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0800697402 (Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Strength-Love-Martin-Luther-King/dp/0800697405)