Seminary launches institute to advance progressive views in politics, culture

Nov 21, 2020 by

By Kyle Huckins, Christian Post:

Disciples of Christ’s Thanksgiving offering to benefit seminary foundation.

As the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) readies for this Sunday’s collection to support seminaries, the head of a new interdisciplinary institute at a connected theology school hopes to shift policy discussions in the public square from a “hyper-individualistic” view to a “more liberative framework.”

The Rev. Amanda Henderson, herself a beneficiary of the Disciples Seminary Foundation, will start her new job as director of the Institute for Religion, Politics & Culture at the beginning of the new year. Nonetheless, she’s already thinking about ways the IRPC can “move the needle” to advance politically progressive causes.

“I hope it will really push forward culture change to more liberative ways of understanding criminal justice reform, the environment, and reproductive rights — a lot of these issues that are highly influenced by religion and religious ideas,” Henderson, who wrote the book, Holy Chaos: Creating Connections in Divisive Timestold The Christian Post.

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