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Faith in Public Life and the Idealized Man in White Evangelical America
June 13, 2024
Faith leaders in three states are focused on combating political violence and protecting reproductive rights. Then, we examine evangelical notions of manhood.
Jeanne Lewis. Photo Courtesy of Faith in Public Life.
“If our religions hold wisdom for us about how to treat each other with love and kindness and compassion. We need to reclaim that, especially in this moment.” June 13, 2024
As a young girl, Jeanne Lewis was deeply influenced by the courage and conviction of her grandmother, Hilda Cathalina Aline Donald, who, despite the naysayers, followed a calling into ministry.  Nearly five decades later, Lewis became the CEO of Faith in Public Life and Faith in Public Life Action and drew inspiration from her grandmother. She leads a multi-faith organization that is focused on addressing the growing threats of political violence and restrictions on reproductive care.  Lewis reflects on how faith-rooted work looks different from the organizing of previous eras.  She rejects the notion that the progressive movement has lost religion and describes how she witnesses spiritual values emerge in their language.  Lewis explains how, in an age of distrust of institutions, she and other faith organizers are breaking through fear and apathy to build relationships and encourage everyday people of faith to engage in civic life.

Jeanné Lewis, CEO at Faith in Public Life. She is a nonprofit executive, faith-based organizer, and authority on creating empowered communities.

Bishop Hilda Cathalina Aline Donald

Bishop Hilda Cathalina Aline Donald

You can listen to the trailer for the upcoming podcast Wrestling Out Loud here.

Wrestling Out Loud logo.

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Dr. Kristin DuMez
“John Wayne is held up as an ideal of Christian manhood…he is the good guy with the gun.” June 13, 2024
Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a historian and the best-selling author of Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation talks about the role of Christian pop culture in reshaping evangelical attitudes about gun rights, gender, and demographic changes sweeping across the country.

Then Du Mez discusses the role of religious political influencers from the religious right and how the “us versus them” mentality has contributed to polarization dividing America.

Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Ph.D. Professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin University. Du Mez holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and her research focuses on the intersection of gender, religion, and politics. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, Religion News Service, and Christianity Today,  Her most recent book is Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.

Jesus and John Wayne

Our closing music is New Hope, by Audiobinger,
used under a Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 license.

Additional music by Blue Dot Session.