Former Yale Theologian * Author * Pastor
A House United
How the Church Can Save the World
Tuesday, May 1, 7:00pm, at First-Plymouth Church
One of the nation's leading religion scholars and former Yale Religion Professor, Dr. Allen Hilton returns to First-Plymouth to present "A House United: How the Church Can Save the World." This event, scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, at First-Plymouth Church is free and open to the community. Infant/toddler childcare available upon request, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Hilton, by entering the culture wars, churchgoers in the United States widened the gap between the left and the right. Battles over moral issues like abortion rights and homosexuality have now widened to include taxation and size of government, so that specific church affiliation has become an accurate predictor of political party affiliation. The extremists in American politics rely on Christians to be the engine that pushes the culture farther right or left.
Allen Hilton believes that religion isn't inherently divisive, and he suggests a new role for Christianity. Jesus prayed that his disciples might all be one, and this book, A House United, imagines a proper answer to that prayer in the context of American polarization.
Rather than asking people to leave their political and theological beliefs at the church door, Hilton promotes a Christianity that brings people together with their differences. Through God's transforming work, he writes, we can create a house united that will help our nation come back together.
Christianity has the potential to heal our differences and bridge our divides.
Copies of A House United, will be available for purchase during a book signing following the evening session.
ALLEN HILTON is the founder and executive director of House United, a nonprofit initiative that helps groups collaborate across theological and political differences. He holds a PhD in New Testament from Yale University, where he served on the Divinity School faculty, and has led Christian formation in three large churches. Allen is a sought-after speaker on reconciliation and community building.
Allen Hilton will also be the keynote lecturer at the 34th Annual Mayor's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the Faith Coalition of Lancaster County, on Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:30-9:00am at The Graduate Hotel. Purchase you tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mayors-interfaith-prayer-breakfast-2018-tickets-44753835928?aff=eac2