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Find Out More, Workshop 16: Evangelical Christianity

In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program

Online, find reflections by Unitarian Universalists and by UU Christians that explore the contemporary Evangelical movement and seek ways for UUs to faithfully understand and interact with fundamentalist and evangelical Christians. Read or listen to the May, 2008 sermon given by Eric Hepburn at First Unitarian Universalist Church (Austin, Texas), "Understanding Evangelical Christianity." A blogpost Philocrites: Religion, liberalism, and culture by Christopher Walton, editor of UU World magazine, offers:

...[O]ne reason I remain committed to a Christian vision of the world is that Christianity does offer a strong critique of personal and social sin and a vision of personal, social, and cosmic transformation—and this vision can catch fire even in the most establishmentarian of churches. I'm not so sure that contemporary Unitarian Universalism has similarly compelling resources at its core.

Evangelicals in Interfaith Settings

The organization Faith Line Protestants, founded by young adult Evangelicals, seeks to "...encourage Evangelical Christians toward relationships with people of other worldviews and faith traditions through social action based on shared values reflected in Jesus' example of compassionate love, and to do so through a platform that is accessible to both Christians and non-Christians." One of the founders, Greg Damhorst, has posted an article about an interfaith project he led to alleviate hunger in Haiti.

Understanding an Evangelical World View

The Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals is a research center and academic program of Wheaton College, a Christian liberal arts college in Illinois. Start with its page that offers a contemporary definition of "evangelicalism" to explore the history and evolution of this religious movement.

Field Guide to the Wild World of Religion is a website by Pamela Starr Dewey, a Christian who had a bad experience with an evangelical denomination. While one needs to keep the author's admitted biases in mind, the website offers useful explanations of a variety of Christian sects.

Megachurches

Find information on Christian megachurches and their demographics online at the Hartford Institute's Megachurch Database and Fast Facts about American Churches pages, and the Religious Tolerance's website's Religious Trends in the West page.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

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