These four sessions were recorded during a live, interactive webinar in April 2021 and explore a faithful response to the rise of Christian Nationalism in America.
Session 3 is hosted by Doug Pagitt, Christy Berghoef, and Rev. Dr. Stephany Spaulding and features Brian Zahnd and Amanda Tyler, leader of the Christians Against Christian Nationalism Campaign.
Amanda Tyler is Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Freedom where she spearheaded the Christians Against Christian Nationalism campaign. Called a “powerful advocate” and “rising star in the sector” by The Nonprofit Times, she was named one of the nation’s top 50 nonprofit leaders in 2018. Tyler was named “Baptist of the Year” by EthicsDaily.com in 2019 for her work leading the Christians Against Christian Nationalism campaign. She also co-hosts the Respecting Religion series on the BJC Podcast, and she serves on the board of the Center for Faith, Justice, and Reconciliation.
Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Brian and his wife, Peri, founded the church in 1981. Brian is also the author of several books, including, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Water to Wine, A Farewell To Mars, Beauty Will Save the World, and Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness.
Christy Berghoef is an author, speaker and consultant seeking to elevate the truth and thoughtfulness of political dialogue. She speaks and leads civil discourse workshops for churches, schools, non-profits and businesses. She studied Political Science at Calvin University and attended Calvin Seminary. Her work has been at the intersection of faith and politics. She authored CRACKING THE POT: Releasing God from the Theologies that Bind Him.
Rev. Dr. Stephany Rose Spaulding is pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, associate professor of Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) and former U.S. Senate candidate for the state of Colorado. She holds a B.A. in English from Clark Atlanta University, as well as a M.A. in American Literature and a Ph. D. in American Studies both from Purdue University. She is the author of Recovering from Racism: A Guidebook to Beginning Conversations (2015) and Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hiphop: Crisis in Whiteness (2014).
Doug Pagitt is a pastor, author, activist and the Executive Director of Vote Common Good. @pagitt