God of Violence, God of Love: How Our Images of God Shape Action

God of Violence, God of Love: How Our Images of God Shape Action

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The history of American Protestant Christianity is one of both a God of violence and a God of love. Which will we choose?

Who we think God is affects the way we act in the world. If we believe that God is violent, we will be violent. If we think God “just happens” to hate the same people we hate, our religion will legitimize our prejudices. If we imagine God has favorite children (who happen to be just like us) while the “others” are despised or less than human or even “abominations,” then our oppressive ways are given divine approval.

On the other hand, if we imagine God is loving and just, we will learn to love ourselves and one another in better and deeper ways. We will be challenged to overcome our prejudices toward the “other” and to deconstruct oppressive and unjust social systems.

The history of American Protestant Christianity is one of both a God of violence and a God of love. Led by an American Baptist theologian and social justice activist, participants in this class will learn about the history behind the ways in which this tradition has supported white supremacy, systemic racism, sexism, hatred of the LGBTQ community, Islamophobia, economic classism, and more. But we will also discover how, at this critical time in American history, Protestant Christianity still can turn to a God of love and the ways in which people of all faiths can be part of helping this movement to happen.

Faculty

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Karyn Carlo

**The Rev. Karyn Carlo, Ph.D.**, is a retired New York City Police Captain turned preacher, teacher, and theologian. She earned her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary. An ordained American Baptist pastor, she currently serves as a global theological educator and as the founder and director of the Clergy, Community, Cops Project.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, 2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
OneSpirit Elective Credit: 2.0
Available by: Attend in NYC Classroom or Join by Videoconference or Download Recordings
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Price: General Public: $ 190.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 170.00

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