Recognizing and Overcoming Christian Nationalism

Leadership Focus International Webinar

Recognizing and Overcoming Christian Nationalism

Tuesday, Feb 2, 8pm CET

Zoom, Facebook, Youtube, 90 min webinar

A combination of displaced white patriotism and predominantly white evangelical Christianity has over the years produced a lethal blend of Christian nationalism in the US. Most recently it was visible in the storming of the US Captiol, when the unruly mob prayed in Jesus’ name, sung Christian hymns, waved flags of allegiance to Jesus and Trump, acted violently, cursed, and threatened the lives of American leaders and the very survival of American democracy. 

An international group of panelists will talk openly and honestly, from the perspective of Jesus-centered faith, about the threats and heresy of Christian nationalism. The panelists are:

Camilla Bocaniala, Romania, Co-founder of Polylogos Association, a leadership development organization. * David Austin, US, Worked in international and humanitarian development, including UN and US Government. * Jyl Hall Smith, US, Professor at United Theological Seminary, Ohio * Heather Staff, UK, Political Adviser on Refugee and Migration Policy to UK Parliamentarians. * Zdravko Plantak, US, Professor of Religion and Ethics at the Loma Linda Ethical University.

The team of panelists will address questions: What is Christian nationalism? How do we recognize Christian nationalism in the US and Europe? What makes Christian nationalism threatening, dangerous and unacceptable? What should we do to overcome and defeat Christian nationalism? How to work towards achieving reconciliation and healing in an environment ridden by the sins of Christian nationalism? How are we, followers of Jesus called to “be in the world, but not of the world”?

This webinar will be moderated by Tihomir Kukolja, Director, Leadership Focus International, and Liviu Bocaniala, Director, Polylogos Association).

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About Tihomir Kukolja

Tihomir Kukolja, born in Slavonska Pozega, Croatia in 1954. Studied, lived and worked in Yugoslavia, Croatia, United Kingdom, Australia and the US. Education in theology, communications, and radio journalism. Worked as a church pastor, media professional, radio producer and presenter, journalist, religious liberty activist, and reconciliation and leadership development activist. Lives in Baytown TX, USA with professional ties with Seattle WA, USA and Fuzine, Croatia. Currently serves as the Executive Director, Forum for Leadership and Reconciliation (Forum), and Director of Renewing Our Minds (ROM) initiative. Loves photography, blogging and social media. Views, opinions and interests expressed in this blog are those of the author and contributors alone, and do not necessarily represent the views of organizations with which the author is or has been associated in the past.
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