"Make America Great Again: Difficult Conversations in a Difficult Time."
During difficult and divided times it can be hard to engage in meaningful conversations centered around religious, social, and political topics. However, it is in these exact times when these conversations are most important. In this workshop we will discuss the disconnect between the biblical decree to “love thy neighbor” and the political rhetoric of “Make America Great Again.” We will engage in a discussion as to how important it is to have difficult conversations with family members, friends, and co-workers. We will then move to a share-out where we will give some guidance and tips as to how to hold difficult discussions and provide a space for everyone to practice them. Finally, we will reflect on our experience through a worshipful debrief.
Julia Khan is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied sociology and religion. It was there, in the classroom of Ronald Hock, that her love for the history and formation of the Christian scriptures began. In 2016, Julia graduated from Union Theological Seminary with an MDiv in Pastoral Ministry and Theology. Since graduation she has served as a Chaplain at Soldier On, a non-profit that provides housing and services to homeless and struggling veterans. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing and teaching martial arts, a passion of hers for thirty years.
Stephen Tickner (M.Div., Union Theological Seminary) is the Senior Pastor of Central Christian Church in Danbury, Connecticut, where he is also the chaplain at Wooster School. Tickner is a founding member of the Westar Institute’s Praxis Forum, currently serving as vice-chair. Originally from Oklahoma, he now resides in New York City.