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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 fundamentalist beliefs associated with Evangelical Christianity can be an awkward ground for interfaith dialogue and action. Read this 2020 article by Jayson Casper in Christianity Today, “The Redemption of Interfaith Dialogue: Three evangelicals wrestle with faithful witness in conversations with Muslims.”
Understanding an Evangelical World View
Evangelical Christianity declined in the U.S. between the publication of this curriculum and 2021. Read “Understanding Evangelicalism in America Today” on the website of The Conversation.
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.
Find information on Christian megachurches and their demographics online at the Hartford Institute's Megachurch Database, updated in 2020.