2:30 PM at Asheville Friends Meeting House
227 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC
Presented by William Everett
Our Constitutional order was established to be legitimated by Reason rather than Religion. The Jeffersonian “separation” of religion from government, however, could not be filled by Reason alone. A “civil religion” arose to provide a general transcendent basis for our Constitutional Republic. Both our heritage of Reason and this Civil Religion are now in grave disarray, threatened by a return to patriarchal Christianity. This talk explores the nature of this crisis and formulates some possible responses to this major challenge.
Dr. William Everett is a retired professor, of Christian social ethics, author, and accomplished woodworker. He lives in Waynesville, NC. Bill grew up in and around Washington, DC, received his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University and completed graduate theological studies at Yale Divinity School and Harvard University. He taught for over thirty years, first at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, then in Atlanta at Emory’s Candler School of Theology, and finally in the Boston area at Andover Newton Theological School. His scholarly work and sabbaticals in Germany, Switzerland, India, and South Africa resulted in the publication of seven books and some fifty articles – in English and German — focused on church and society issues involving family, economics, ecology, politics, symbolism, and law.
Recent work has focused on fiction, memoir, and poetry, including Red Clay, Blood River (2008), a story told by Earth about two brothers from Germany and an enslaved South African woman whose lives bind together America’s “Trail of Tears” and South Africa’s simultaneous “Great Trek” of 1838; Turnings: Poems of Transformation (2013); and Sawdust and Soul (2015), a coauthored book of reflections on woodworking and spirituality. His earlier works, God’s Federal Republic: Reconstructing our Governing Symbol and Religion, Federalism and the Struggle for Public Life, form the theoretical basis for his reflections with us about our current constitutional crisis.
Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation. All are welcome.