The 2021 MacKenzie

Lectureship Welcomes

Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez

First Congregational Church of Boulder/UCC is honored to welcome Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez as its speaker for the MacKenzie Lectureship Weekend, 24-25 September 2021. Please join us!

Friday, September 24 at 7 pm
Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez will give the 2021 MacKenzie lectureship. “Jesus and John Wayne : the reckoning and where do we go from here”. Online link/registration is below.

Saturday, September 25 at 10 am
Mapping our own Histories: exploring spiritual formation, religious deconstruction, and community building in our current moment. A conversation with Kristin Kobe’s Du Mez.

About the Speaker
Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a New York Times bestselling author and Professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin University. She holds a PhD 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 PostNBC NewsReligion News Service, and Christianity Today, and has been interviewed on NPR, CBS, and the BBC, among other outlets. Her most recent book is Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.

Kirk Nordstrom and Jane Thomas are leading a book discussion group on Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s book Jesus and John Wayne:  How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.  This is in conjunction with the MacKenzie Lecture Committee’s bringing Prof. Du Mez for talks on Sept. 24-25, 2021.  At this point we think the talks will be virtual, but that could change.  We have ordered a dozen copies to be held at the Boulder Bookstore for members who want to read Du Mez’s latest book.  Right now, as far as I know, there are 9 on the special shelf for book club orders.
Why did evangelicals support Trump?  Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez, “a leading scholar of American Christianity” and professor of history and gender studies at Calvin University, is the author of a “brilliant and engaging” history of white evangelicalism in America, exploring how the Jesus of the Bible was gradually replaced by “an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism,” militarism, authoritarianism, and patriarchy.  Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, came out in paperback this summer and shot up to #4 on the New York times best-seller list in June.  Prof. Du Mez will be our MacKenzie lecturer on Sept. 24-25, 2021.  Please join us on Mondays starting Aug. 23 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Zoom for a discussion led by Jane Thomas and Kirk Nordstrom of her latest book.  The group will meet for 4 weeks, excluding the Labor Day holiday.  Copies have been pre-ordered and are available at the Boulder Bookstore on the Book Club shelf in the Children’s area on the first floor.