“For a kind soul hath no hell but sin.”
Julian of Norwich (1343 – 1416) was an English anchoress of the Middle Ages.
Starting April 21, 2022
The Summer Quarter (June–August 2022) looks at ways believers partner with God through Christ in redeeming all creation. The four lessons of Unit I, “God Delivers and Restores,” draw from the Book of Isaiah and examine the prophetic message warning of Babylon’s destruction and inspiring hope for Israel’s deliverance. Unit II, “The Word: The Agent of Creation,” uses five lessons from John’s Gospel to look at how the Creating Word became flesh, healed the sick, saved the lost, resurrected the dead, and granted peace. “The Great Hope of the Saints,” Unit III, is a four-lesson study from the Book of Revelation. It helps learners envision the new home and city God has prepared for the redeemed, including the new water of eternal life.
STARTING MAY 19, 2022
As the nation grapples with demographic changes and the legacy of racism in America, Christianity's role as a cornerstone of white supremacy has been largely overlooked. But white Christians—from evangelicals in the South to mainline Protestants in the Midwest and Catholics in the Northeast—have not just been complacent or complicit; rather, as the dominant cultural power, they have constructed and sustained a project of protecting white supremacy and opposing black equality that has framed the entire American story.
With his family's 1815 Bible in one hand and contemporary public opinion surveys by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) in the other, Robert P. Jones delivers "a refreshing blend of historical accounting, soul searching reflection, and analysis" (Publishers Weekly) of the repressed relationship between Christianity and white supremacy. White Too Long is "a marvel" (Booklist, starred review) that demonstrates how deeply racist attitudes have become embedded in the DNA of white Christian identity over time and calls for an honest reckoning with a complicated, painful, and even shameful past. Jones challenges white Christians to acknowledge that public apologies are not enough—accepting responsibility for the past requires work toward repair in the present.
White Too Long is not an appeal to altruism. It is "a powerful and much-needed book" (Eddie S. Glaude Jr, professor at Princeton University and author of Begin Again) drawing on lessons gleaned from case studies of communities beginning to face these challenges. Jones argues that contemporary white Christians must confront these unsettling truths because this is the only way to salvage the integrity of their faith and their own identities. More broadly, it is no exaggeration to say that not just the future of white Christianity, but the outcome of the American experiment is at stake..