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Clergy demonstrating on the steps of St. johns Episcopal Church in Washington DC, June 2nd, 2020. Image by Amber Khan
Protest, Power and Love
June 12, 2020
We take a closer look at how a photo-op at a church draws both condemnation and celebration and how faithful love feasts are returning in the time of COVID.
Volunteers supporting protesters in fron ot Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington DC. June 2nd, 2020. Amber Kahn
Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets and ‘A Bible’: Outside St. John’s Episcopal Church June 12, 2020
The day after President Donald Trump held his much-contested photo-op with this storied church as a backdrop, host Amber Khan visits the same spot to talk to clergy about the protests following the homicide of George Floyd and the message Trump’s visit conveyed in its wake.
Andrew Whitehead Ph.D.. Courtesy Clemson University
The Power Seekers: How Christian Nationalists Look at the White House June 12, 2020
Andrew Whitehead, a religion sociologist from Clemson University, talks about Christian nationalism.  Why is it so embedded in some people’s idea of the United States? Will it affect the election in November? And how does it play into the current push to defund the police? Whitehead is the co-author, with Samuel Perry, of “Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States.”

Andrew Whitehead Ph.D., Associate professor at the College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences of Clemson University, and author with Samuel L. Perry Ph.D. of Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States.

Taking America Back for God by Andrew L Whitehead and Samuel L Perry, from Oxford University Press

Taking America Back for God:
Christian Nationalism in the United States
Oxford University Press 

A crucifix, bread and water. Image by Luana da Luz licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution, via
Breakfast with Jesus: Rediscovering the ‘Love Feast” during COVID-19 June 12, 2020
A centuries-old Christian tradition with roots in the early church is enjoying a revival among United Methodists with churches shuttered during the pandemic. Producer Kimberly Winston looks at the “love feast,” which some congregations are practicing online until they can meet physically for communion. While it is neither a sacrament or widely practiced, the love feast is an alternative way of sharing the faith and community when the coronavirus is testing both.

You can read Kimberly Winston's companion piece at Religion Unplugged.

Rev. Dr. Todd Jordan, senior pastor at Strawbridge United Methodist Church in Kingwood, Texas.

Ellen Blue, professor of this history of Christianity and United Methodist Studies at Philips Seminary in Tulsa, Okla.