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Bridging Divides: Being Christian in an Election Year

In today's deeply divided political landscape, grasping the intersection of Christian faith and community is more critical than ever. Bridging Divides: Being Christian in an Election Year invites participants to embark on a transformative journey that delves into Christian faith, community, and the challenges of political polarization in contemporary America. This program is designed to equip you with the insights and tools needed to live out your faith amidst these divisions, featuring a blend of engaging videos, thought-provoking readings, and practical exercises focused on:

Understanding Political Polarization:
Examine the complexities of political polarization and its impact on the Christian community, illuminated through statistical data and real-life examples.

The Power of Unity:
Explore strategies for embodying hope, unity, and reconciliation in an increasingly divided world.

Religious Diversity and Community Building:
Understand the significance of religious diversity within communities and how it enhances organizational dynamics.

Historical and Contemporary Religious Roles:
Gain insights into both historical and contemporary perspectives on religious roles and responsibilities in society.

 

This module will run multiple times. Choose your preferred section below.
For groups of four or more participants, please contact learning@ptsem.edu for special pricing.

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August 19 - September 13, 2024
Virtual Synchronous Kick-Off Zoom on Monday, August 19, 7:30-9:00PM (ET)
Virtual Synchronous Closing Zoom on Thursday, September 12, 7:30-9:00PM (ET)

 

Related Program

Ready to make a difference? Register for the related module Bridging Divides: Navigating Information Silos and Fostering Dialogue in Diverse Communities and start your journey towards becoming a catalyst for change in your community.

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Course Highlights

  •   Foundations of Faith and Politics: Analyze the intersection of religious identity and political affiliations and their effects on societal cohesion.
  •   Biblical Teachings on Unity: Examine biblical and theological teachings that promote unity and cooperation among diverse religious groups.
  •   Factors Driving Polarization: Identify key factors contributing to religious and political polarization and evaluate the role of media in these divisions.
  •   Roles and Responsibilities: Assess personal and collective responsibilities in bridging divides within religious communities.
  •   Promoting Interfaith Cooperation: Explore effective strategies for interfaith dialogue and cooperation, reflecting on real-world examples of successful community building.
  •   Overcoming Barriers to Interfaith Dialogue: Discuss potential challenges and barriers to interfaith cooperation and strategize on overcoming them.

Who Should Join

Religious and Community Leaders: Ideal for clergy, community organizers, and members of religious organizations interested in fostering understanding, promoting interfaith dialogue, and bridging divides across different faith communities.

Academics and Students: Scholars, researchers, and students in religious studies, theology, sociology, or related fields looking to deepen their knowledge of the dynamics between faith and politics.

Advocates of Social Justice: Individuals committed to social justice and peacebuilding, including activists and anyone curious about the challenges and opportunities in navigating religious diversity and polarization in contemporary society.

How It Works

 When:July 29 – Aug. 23, 2024
Aug. 19 – Sept. 13, 2024

 Duration:4 Weeks, 4-6 Hours/Week
4 Weeks, 4-6 Hours/Week

 Format:Virtual Asynchronous
Virtual Asynchronous

 Price:$249
$249

 Credits:0.5 CEUs
0.5 CEUs

 

About Allen Hilton

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Rev. Dr. Allen R. Hilton is the Executive Director of House United, a non-profit initiative he founded in 2016 to address political and theological polarization by promoting collaboration and community building. With degrees from George Fox College (B.A.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Yale University (Ph.D.), Dr. Hilton has taught at St. Mary’s College of California and Yale Divinity School. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he has served various churches across the U.S. In addition to his role with House United, Dr. Hilton currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Missional Formation at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX, where he lives with his wife Liz, their sons Sam and Isaac, and their labradoodle, Watson.

 

Enroll Today: Be the Change in a Divided World

Ready to make a difference? Register for Bridging Divides: Being Christian In An Election Year and start your journey towards becoming a catalyst for change in your community.

 

This module will run multiple times. Choose your preferred section below.
For groups of four or more participants, please contact learning@ptsem.edu for special pricing.

Enroll Now

 

August 19 - September 13, 2024
Virtual Synchronous Kick-Off Zoom on Monday, August 19, 7:30-9:00PM (ET)
Virtual Synchronous Closing Zoom on Thursday, September 12, 7:30-9:00PM (ET)

 

Related Program

Ready to make a difference? Register for the related module Bridging Divides: Navigating Information Silos and Fostering Dialogue in Diverse Communities and start your journey towards becoming a catalyst for change in your community.

Register for both modules as a bundle for a reduced price of $449!

Learn More