Right-wing populism is on the rise, threatening Unitarian Universalist values with its apocalyptic worldview and tendency to divide the world into a righteous people and a corrupt elite. But left-wing populism has also helped build democratic societies by pushing institutions to be more accountable. For the spring 2019 Minns Lecture series, Rev. Dr. Bossen will challenge us to ask how Unitarian Universalists can respond to populism and white supremacy in the age of Trump.
Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen is an activist, minister, and scholar of religion, race, and politics in the United States. He currently serves as the Interim Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston. He is working on a book on the religious dimensions of populism, Onward, Christian Soldiers: American Populism and the Religious Imagination. He shares sermons and other writings at www.colinbossen.com.
Lecture 1: The Populist Imagination: A White Man’s Republic?
Responses by Rev. Danielle DiBona, Dr. Wendy Salkin
Saturday, April 27 | 6:30 pm
First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St., Boston, Massachusetts
There is no charge to attend this lecture.
Lecture 2: A Question of Pragmatism: Unitarian Social Ethics in the Progressive Era
Response by Dr. Anthony Pinn
Saturday, May 18 | 6:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco
Registration details to be announced
Lecture 3: White Supremacy in the Age of Trump: Liberal Religion v. Populism
Response by Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
June 2019 | UUA General Assembly in Spokane, Washington