We think the variety within the Christian tradition is beautiful. We like to use the word tapestry to describe that diversity, the richness that helps us see and hold in tension and balance the “and” of Christianity. This tapestry, with its many shapes and colors across denominations, regions, and countries, helps us hold that tension in which we find ourselves.
Church Historia celebrates the tapestry of the Christian tradition through the lens of history. Hosted by church historian Stephanie Fulbright and church history enthusiast Leslie Eiler Thompson, this new podcast identifies people and places in the Christian tradition and uses their stories to discover new threads in the tapestry of Christianity.
For Christians and non-Christians alike, this journey through the past will help us see ourselves, our neighbors, and our present realities more vibrantly.
God Bless America
For our last episode, we take a slightly different approach and about something more general to American Christianity. In this episode we talk about civil religion and how it expresses itself in the United States. We believe that talking about civil religion and learning how it relates to Christianity and patriotism is important for us to have greater clarity about each of those things and to help us, as individuals, better understand our motivations and beliefs. ChurchHistoria.com
Called To Preach: Southern Evangelicalism
Evangelical and evangelicalism are common labels used in talking about modern Christianities, but they are fairly nebulous terms with non-codified definitions. Unlike a lot of other terms used to describe Christians it is not a denominational label (e.g. Baptist, Lutheran, etc.) or an umbrella term for several denominations (e.g. charismatic, high-church, etc.). And to further complicate things, denominations can even have evangelical and non-evangelical threads within them.
One bread, One body: The Methodists and the LGBTQIA+ community in the South
Since its beginning the Church has struggled to define its boundaries: who is included, what are standards of conduct, who is fit to lead, etc. As it strives to be “one body in Christ”, it also has a long history of debate, divisiveness, and exclusion.
This week we will use the United Methodist’s debate over the inclusion and ordination of LGBTQIA+ people as a launching point to explore the religious experience of the queer community in the South.
Bibliography and more at ChurchHistoria.com
Gather, Pray, & Feast: The Mar Thoma Church
In this episode, we wanted to highlight a thread in tapestry with non-European roots and our friends Rainu and Jissie were kind enough to let us interview them about their experiences within Mar Thoma and Malayalam Christian traditions.
Christmas Episode 2: Santa & Christmas Wonder
Our last episode of 2020 features the big man himself: Jolly Old St. Nick. Santa Claus. Kris Kringle. The big man. The guy who’s coming to visit us all soon!
How did Santa evolve from St. Nicolas to a jolly portly guy in a red suit? There’s some history to be considered here, and it ends with us ultimately basking in the warm glow of the wonder of Christmas - when a little baby came to fix a broken world.
Christmas Episode 1: The Christmas That Wasn't & Gifting
Celebrate the Christmas season through a historical lens with us for a couple of episodes before we take a break for the Christmas season.
The first of our two Christmas episodes looks at the season from a historical lens as we remember a time when Christmas was banned, and explores the tradition of gift-giving.