Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
As you might already know, a toxic national tour is coming to our diocese on September 16 and 17. It's called the ReAwaken America Tour and will meet in Post Falls straddling as best they can the two states.
The term "ReAwaken" was used in Nazi Germany, which gives you an idea of what to expect. Seven of the speakers either participated in or planned the January 6th insurrection (although the lineup of speakers does vary from location to location). Speakers include General Flynn, Eric Trump, and Roger Stone. The event is a political rally wrapped in Chrsitian language, singing, and prayer and the poster for the event says, "Jesus is King and with Him on our side we'll win this thing." Their winning is "winning back America." It's blatantly Christian nationalist.
In terms of the "nationalism" side of this event, it incites violence with suggestions, which allows for plausible deniability. It encourages people to hate and to demonize those who think differently. It motivates people to believe wild conspiracies. As Nathan Epsall summarized, it's January 6 going to Church, or at worship. Nathan currently spends much of his professional Faithful America time countering this movement and is providing much needed support and insight--thank you, Nathan!
Our diocese and many other Christian denominations and congregations are going to speak out in witness to the Jesus of the New Testament by countering their message. If we are silent they will represent the Christian faith!!! We are also organizing people of other faiths, and people espousing no religious faith, to stand with us as allies. Please join us on Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00pm if you are available. It is the regular monthly meeting of the Beloved Community Working Group for our diocese. As you'll see in the agenda link most of the meeting is dedicated to countering the voice of ReAwaken America.
We'll take time at the meeting to review what Christian Nationalism is, as distinct from but overlapping with White Nationalism. We'll also talk about our response, with three specific things you can do in your congregations. There will be no counter rally or protests. For one thing, it might be dangerous. Here is the link.
Diocese of Spokane Beloved Community Working Group
Agenda for August 23, 2022 at 7:00pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 889 4590 6175 Passcode: beloved
Feel free to invite lay leaders to this meeting. Other information will follow.
Now, lets' name some names and locations:
Contact Information Reverend Deacon Pat Munts
Sr Warden Ann Newton
Scott Oakshott 509 954 5419
Nola Combs 509 891 7647
15319 E 8th Ave.
PO Box 14771
Spokane, WA 99214
I'll note in passing that all of the foregoing is basically a pass-down / pass-through from the top levels of the diocese. This outfit used to have local control over most of its newsletter content, but that changed last year. I know this because I performed some IT work for them and my wife was a part-timer handling their newsletter. Because they were paying her, they wanted a "non-member" to handle it to avoid controversy. The upshot is that the upper levels of the diocese assumed control over the messaging in the newsletter with the results that you see here. They eventually let my wife go, as it became apparent that she wasn't exactly in tune with that messaging. I won't comment on the state of affairs of their IT infrastructure. Make of this what you will.
This will be my last post in this venue. There are a few too many "This is fine" dogs here for my taste.