American Identity

Jun 30, 2018


American Identity

Who are we as Americans? Everyone has their own definition of the American identity, and most agree it’s being lost. A recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 71 percent of Americans feel the United States is losing its national identity — that is, the beliefs and values the country represents. During this week, we reach across the aisles of both politics and faith. We examine how we’ve defined American identity throughout our history and the stories we’ve told to shape that identity; the political, economic and social factors that shape our contemporary definitions; and what these different national identities — at times in conflict with one another — mean for our democracy and the prosperity of all Americans. We’ll consider whether a new foundation of American identity is necessary — or even possible.

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Religion and American Identity

Religion has played a significant role in the evolution of an America identity. This week we will examine the role that religion has played in the development of that identity. Why is it that America continues to be the most religious nation in the developed world? How have various “moments” in American religious history shaped how America understands itself? We will begin with current data that will help us to know better who we have become, and who we are becoming.


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Morning Worship Service: David Gushee

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Morning Worship Service: David Gushee

Jul 1, 2018 9:15am

Widely regarded as one of the world's leading Christian ethicists, Dr. David P. Gushee is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 22 books and hundreds of articles in his field, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Evangelical Ethics, A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends, Still Christian, and the forthcoming Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World.

Dr. Gushee was elected by his peers to serve as the current President of the American Academy of Religion and the immediate Past-President of the Society of Christian Ethics, a very rare combination for any religion scholar.

A devoted teacher, Professor Gushee offers courses to seminary students at Mercer's McAfee School of Theology, and to college students in Macon. Over a busy 25-year career, he has written opinion pieces or given interviews to almost all major national and religion media outlets in the United States and many around the world. He has also been heavily involved in numerous activist efforts for peace, justice, human dignity, and the integrity of God's creation, most notably in addressing torture, climate change, and the continued harm being inflicted on LGBTQ persons by Christian churches and families. 

Rev. Dr. Gushee holds a BA from the College of William & Mary; a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from Union Theological Seminary in New York.  He is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, where he has served for eleven years.

Dr. Gushee, his beloved wife Jeanie, and their regal cat Noah live in NE Atlanta, where they are happily surrounded by four generations of family members, including his father, sister, three children, and two grandchildren. He is a classic novel reader, world traveler, and tennis player, and awaits a call from his beloved Atlanta Braves to resume the baseball career he abandoned in college.

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Vespers: David Gushee

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Vespers: David Gushee

Jul 1, 2018 5:00pm

Widely regarded as one of the world's leading Christian ethicists, Dr. David P. Gushee is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 22 books and hundreds of articles in his field, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Evangelical Ethics, A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends, Still Christian, and the forthcoming Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World.

Dr. Gushee was elected by his peers to serve as the current President of the American Academy of Religion and the immediate Past-President of the Society of Christian Ethics, a very rare combination for any religion scholar.

A devoted teacher, Professor Gushee offers courses to seminary students at Mercer's McAfee School of Theology, and to college students in Macon. Over a busy 25-year career, he has written opinion pieces or given interviews to almost all major national and religion media outlets in the United States and many around the world. He has also been heavily involved in numerous activist efforts for peace, justice, human dignity, and the integrity of God's creation, most notably in addressing torture, climate change, and the continued harm being inflicted on LGBTQ persons by Christian churches and families. 

Rev. Dr. Gushee holds a BA from the College of William & Mary; a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from Union Theological Seminary in New York.  He is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, where he has served for eleven years.

Dr. Gushee, his beloved wife Jeanie, and their regal cat Noah live in NE Atlanta, where they are happily surrounded by four generations of family members, including his father, sister, three children, and two grandchildren. He is a classic novel reader, world traveler, and tennis player, and awaits a call from his beloved Atlanta Braves to resume the baseball career he abandoned in college.

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Morning Worship Service: David Gushee

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Morning Worship Service: David Gushee

Jul 2, 2018 9:00am

Widely regarded as one of the world's leading Christian ethicists, Dr. David P. Gushee is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 22 books and hundreds of articles in his field, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Evangelical Ethics, A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends, Still Christian, and the forthcoming Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World.

Dr. Gushee was elected by his peers to serve as the current President of the American Academy of Religion and the immediate Past-President of the Society of Christian Ethics, a very rare combination for any religion scholar.

A devoted teacher, Professor Gushee offers courses to seminary students at Mercer's McAfee School of Theology, and to college students in Macon. Over a busy 25-year career, he has written opinion pieces or given interviews to almost all major national and religion media outlets in the United States and many around the world. He has also been heavily involved in numerous activist efforts for peace, justice, human dignity, and the integrity of God's creation, most notably in addressing torture, climate change, and the continued harm being inflicted on LGBTQ persons by Christian churches and families. 

Rev. Dr. Gushee holds a BA from the College of William & Mary; a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from Union Theological Seminary in New York.  He is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, where he has served for eleven years.

Dr. Gushee, his beloved wife Jeanie, and their regal cat Noah live in NE Atlanta, where they are happily surrounded by four generations of family members, including his father, sister, three children, and two grandchildren. He is a classic novel reader, world traveler, and tennis player, and awaits a call from his beloved Atlanta Braves to resume the baseball career he abandoned in college.

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Morning Lecture Series: Taína Caragol

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Morning Lecture Series: Taína Caragol

Jul 2, 2018 10:45am

Curator of painting and sculpture and Latino art and history, National Portrait Gallery

Taína Caragol is curator of painting and sculpture and Latino art and history at the National Portrait Gallery. Since 2013 she has led the effort to increase the representation of Latino historical figures and artists at the museum.

During that time she has added over 130 portraits to the museum’s collection and curated the exhibitions “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self,” and “One Life: Dolores Huerta,” which is being expanded and redesigned for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service starting in 2018. She is also co-curator of “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze,” “The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11-Present,” and “UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar.”

Before joining Smithsonian, Caragol was curator of education at Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico in 2010. From 2003 to 2007 she worked as Latin American bibliographer for the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Between 2007 and 2008 she was a researcher at University of Essex, England for the investigation “Latin American Art in the UK: History, Historiography, Specificity.”

Caragol earned her Ph.D. at the Graduate Center, City University of New York in 2013 with a dissertation titled “Boom and Dust: The Rise of Latin American and Latino Art in New York Exhibition Venues and Auction Houses, 1970s–1980s.”

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Robert P. Jones

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Robert P. Jones

Jul 2, 2018 2:00pm

Robert P. Jones is the founding CEO of PRRI and a leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics. He is the author of The End of White Christian America, two other books, and numerous peer-review articles on religion and public policy. Jones writes a column for The Atlantic online on politics and culture and appears regularly on Interfaith Voices, the nation’s leading religion news-magazine on public radio. He is frequently featured in major national media such as MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. 

Dr. Jones serves as the Co-Chair of the national steering committee for the Religion and Politics Section at the American Academy of Religion and is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and for Politics and Religion, a journal of the American Political Science Association. He holds a Ph.D. in religion from Emory University and a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Robert P. Jones was part of the 2017 week focusing on “A Crisis of Faith?

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Morning Worship Service: David Gushee

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Morning Worship Service: David Gushee

Jul 3, 2018 9:15am

Widely regarded as one of the world's leading Christian ethicists, Dr. David P. Gushee is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 22 books and hundreds of articles in his field, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Evangelical Ethics, A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends, Still Christian, and the forthcoming Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World.

Dr. Gushee was elected by his peers to serve as the current President of the American Academy of Religion and the immediate Past-President of the Society of Christian Ethics, a very rare combination for any religion scholar.

A devoted teacher, Professor Gushee offers courses to seminary students at Mercer's McAfee School of Theology, and to college students in Macon. Over a busy 25-year career, he has written opinion pieces or given interviews to almost all major national and religion media outlets in the United States and many around the world. He has also been heavily involved in numerous activist efforts for peace, justice, human dignity, and the integrity of God's creation, most notably in addressing torture, climate change, and the continued harm being inflicted on LGBTQ persons by Christian churches and families. 

Rev. Dr. Gushee holds a BA from the College of William & Mary; a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from Union Theological Seminary in New York.  He is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, where he has served for eleven years.

Dr. Gushee, his beloved wife Jeanie, and their regal cat Noah live in NE Atlanta, where they are happily surrounded by four generations of family members, including his father, sister, three children, and two grandchildren. He is a classic novel reader, world traveler, and tennis player, and awaits a call from his beloved Atlanta Braves to resume the baseball career he abandoned in college.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Colin Woodard

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Colin Woodard

Jul 3, 2018 2:00pm

Colin Woodard is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. Currently a contributing editor at Politico and State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where he won a 2012 George Polk Award, he was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, and was named 2014 Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association. A Maine native and a longtime foreign correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The San Francisco Chronicle, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and seven continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe.

Colin is the author of American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle between Individual Liberty and the Common Good (Viking, 2016), which was a finalist for the 2017 Chautauqua Prize;  American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Viking, 2011); The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down (Harcourt, 2007); the New England bestseller The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (Viking, 2004), a cultural and environmental history of coastal Maine; and Ocean's End: Travels through Endangered Seas (Basic Books, 2000), a narrative non-fiction account of the deterioration of the world's oceans.

A graduate of Tufts University and the University of Chicago, he lives in Midcoast Maine. Read more at www.colinwoodard.com

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Morning Worship Service: David Gushee

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Morning Worship Service: David Gushee

Jul 4, 2018 9:00am

Widely regarded as one of the world's leading Christian ethicists, Dr. David P. Gushee is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 22 books and hundreds of articles in his field, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Evangelical Ethics, A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends, Still Christian, and the forthcoming Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World.

Dr. Gushee was elected by his peers to serve as the current President of the American Academy of Religion and the immediate Past-President of the Society of Christian Ethics, a very rare combination for any religion scholar.

A devoted teacher, Professor Gushee offers courses to seminary students at Mercer's McAfee School of Theology, and to college students in Macon. Over a busy 25-year career, he has written opinion pieces or given interviews to almost all major national and religion media outlets in the United States and many around the world. He has also been heavily involved in numerous activist efforts for peace, justice, human dignity, and the integrity of God's creation, most notably in addressing torture, climate change, and the continued harm being inflicted on LGBTQ persons by Christian churches and families. 

Rev. Dr. Gushee holds a BA from the College of William & Mary; a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from Union Theological Seminary in New York.  He is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, where he has served for eleven years.

Dr. Gushee, his beloved wife Jeanie, and their regal cat Noah live in NE Atlanta, where they are happily surrounded by four generations of family members, including his father, sister, three children, and two grandchildren. He is a classic novel reader, world traveler, and tennis player, and awaits a call from his beloved Atlanta Braves to resume the baseball career he abandoned in college.

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Free

Morning Lecture Series: James and Deborah Fallows

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Morning Lecture Series: James and Deborah Fallows

Jul 4, 2018 10:45am

Authors, Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America
Creators, The Atlantic’s City Makers: American Futures project

For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane and reporting on the people, organizations and ideas re-shaping the country. 

As part of their City Makers: American Futures project in partnership with The Atlantic and Marketplace, the Fallowses visited smaller and medium-sized cities, meeting civic leaders, factory workers, recent immigrants, and young entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign. The Fallowses’ new book, Our Towns, is the story of their journey — and an account of a country busy remaking itself, despite the challenges and paralysis of national politics.

London-based national correspondent James Fallows has written for The Atlantic since the late 1970s, living and reporting in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. In addition to working for The Atlantic, Fallows spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter and two years as the editor of US News & World Report.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series “Doing Business in China.” He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. He is the author of numerous books, including Breaking the News: How the Media Undermines American Democracy and China Airborne; as well as Blind Into Baghdad andPostcards From Tomorrow Square, which are based on his writings for The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, and a co-creator of its City Makers: American Futures project. The author of Dreaming in Chinese,Fallows has lived in Shanghai and Beijing and traveled throughout China for three years with her husband. A graduate of Harvard University with a PhD in linguistics, she most recently worked in research and polling for the Pew Internet Project and in data architecture for Oxygen Media.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Spencer W. McBride

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Spencer W. McBride

Jul 4, 2018 2:00pm

Spencer W. McBride is an historian and documentary editor at The Joseph Smith Papers and the author of Pulpit and Nation: Clergymen and the Politics of Revolutionary America

A specialist in the history of religion and political culture during the American Revolution and the early American republic, he is currently writing a book about Joseph Smith's ill-fated 1844 presidential campaign. 

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