Kip Wedel will discuss Anabaptist attitudes toward American civil religion at SMCHA’s annual meeting on Sunday, March 10 at First Mennonite Church of McPherson at 2:30 p.m.
Wedel is an associate professor of history at Bethel College, where he teaches courses in American history, political science, and peace studies. He is a native of McPherson County, completed his PH.D. at Kansas State University, and has taught at Bethel College seven years.
Recently, his article titled “Wrong Kingdom: Why Anabaptist are Suspicious of American Civil Religion” appeared in the book Civil Religion and American Christianity, edited by Liam J. Atchison, Keith Bates, and Darin D. Lenz and published by BorderStone Press. An essay by SMCHA member Jim Juhnke appeared in the same volume.
Wedel’s article describes why Anabaptists, have traditionally been troubled by civil religion. In his talk on March 10, he will explain what civil religion is, the nature of the Anabaptist case against it, and what he found when he examined one Mennonite church’s debate about whether or not to display an American flag on their premises.
On the agenda at the annual meeting will be an overview of the 2018 year, election of SMCHA officers for 2019, and opportunity for members to give counsel and ask questions. The Handbell Choir of First Mennonite Church will provide music. All are invited to enjoy poppyseed rolls (made by Deanne
Loganbill) and refreshments provided by First Mennonite members and stay for visiting and fellowship. No reservations are needed, so bring friends and enjoy the time.