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Americans are more politically divided than we’ve been since the Civil War. These tribal disagreements rip apart families, friendships, governments, and, not surprisingly, churches. Because of this, polarization becomes a primary part of any pastor’s context and a challenge to her or his work. Add to all this that Jesus prayed for his disciples, “that they all may be one,” and that their unity should impact the world, (John 17:21) and this becomes an integral part of faithful ministry. Join Rev. Allen Hilton as he engages this crucial leadership issue of our time on the way to helping the American church become a “House United."

The two parts of this series offer independent, but equally important content.

Presenter: Rev. Allen Hilton

Dates: Nov. 15 & Dec. 4, 2018

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center, Room 203
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Cost:  $35 for each session (lunch included) 

Recommended for: clergy and church leaders  

You may register for one or both sessions

Session One

Martin Luther King, Jr. famously called 11 AM on Sunday “the most segregated hour in America.” Churches across the nation continue this tradition of separateness, not only racially, but also theologically and politically. Conservative and progressive churches stay so separate that we simply can’t understand one another. In this session, Dr. Hilton will introduce “Christian Mingle,” an initiative to bring leaders and congregations together in fellowship and mission to build relationship across the left-right divide.

Date:  Nov. 15, 2018

Time:  9:00 am - 12:00 pm, followed by lunch until 1:00 pm

Cost:  $35 (lunch included) 

Register here for the November 15 session

Session Two

What should Christian communities do with our political disagreements? The early Christians instinctively moved toward one another with their disputes. When conflict arose, for example, around if and how Gentiles should be received into their churches, Paul, James, and Christian Pharisees talked it out. In this session, Dr. Hilton will introduce “Courageous Conversations,” a model he uses around the country to help congregations learn to talk well about controversial matters on which they differ passionately.

Date:  Dec. 4, 2018

Time:  9:00 am - 12:00 pm, followed by lunch until 1:00 pm

Cost:  $35 (lunch included) 

Register here for the December 4 session


The 2018 edition of Communitas, the Journal of Education Beyond the Walls, was developed upon the theme our spring workshop Reconceiving Hope


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