Disrupting White Christian Nationalism: Cultural Roots to Election Outcomes

Disrupting White Christian Nationalism: Cultural Roots to Election Outcomes

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Friday May 3, 2024
12:00PM-5:00PM (CT)
Online via Zoom

White Christian Nationalism has been around since the birth of the United States, but in our present, public expressions are stoking more violence against vulnerable people and communities, in the streets and in our public policy. This workshop will introduce cultural organizing and congregational preparedness as two strategies to disrupt it.

Rev. Tracy Howe (she/they/womxn) serves as Team Leader and Minister for Faith Education, Innovation and Formation (FaithINFO) at the UCC National Setting, strategizing with the team towards building a nurturing, resourcing, and sustaining ecosystem for local churches to thrive. Tracy is a songwriter, theologian, and activist and uses their creative expression towards justice building in a world largely condemning and diminishing the beauty, interconnections and the vulnerability that come with being human. Her songs have been used by faith communities and in movement work globally. They are the founder of Restoration Village Arts and a contributing author to Building Up a New World, Congregational Organizing for Transformative Impact (Pilgrim Press). Tracy is working on a Ph.D. in Applied Intercultural Arts Research at the University of Arizona focused on critical theories and spiritual formation in organizing spaces.

An ordained United Church of Christ Minister with partner status in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Jeff has been pastor of Webster Groves Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since March of 2008. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Leadership from Aurora University, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Eden Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Jeff’s PhD dissertation focused on Theological Education in the Lesotho Evangelical Church as it relates to the church’s vision and commitment to “abundant life” (John 10:10), and presents a descriptive study following a three-year program of ethnographic and theological research in Lesotho, southern Africa.

Jeff has served UCC congregations in Mascoutah, Illinois, Darmstadt and Biddleborn, Illinois, and Pana and Dollville, Illinois. He has served as Director of Outdoor Ministries in the Rocky Mountain Conference, UCC, and from 2003-2007 served, along with his spouse, Susan, as a Common Global Ministries Missionary in Lesotho. While in Lesotho Jeff taught at Morija Theological Seminary and the National University of Lesotho; served as the HIV and AIDS Coordinator for the Lesotho Evangelical Church; and served as Interim Pastor for Maseru United Church – an international, nondenominational congregation. Upon his return to the United States, Jeff lived and taught on campus at Eden Theological Seminary, where he was Missionary in Residence during the 2007-2008 academic year. Jeff has continued to teach Biblical Studies and Ministry Studies courses as an adjunct to the Eden faculty, and teaches Biblical Studies and Theology courses as an adjunct to the Saint Louis University faculty.

He is a founding member of Kirkwood Area Every Child Promise and Webster Groves Alliance for Interracial Dignity. In addition to his pastorate at Webster Groves Christian Church, Jeff serves as Chaplain for Doorways, a housing and healthcare agency for people living with HIV & AIDS. Jeff leads workshops on racism, fundamentals of organizing, and trauma-informed care.

He enjoys reading, the outdoors, and riding his motorcycles whenever he can.

Jeff and Susan have three adult children – Abigail, Daniel, and Khotso.

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