Christian Nationalism — and religious nationalism more broadly — is not new or unique to the United States, however it has recently emerged as a driving force in U.S. politics, culture, and in our churches. Join Jack Jenkins and Lauren Muratore for a conversation about Christian Nationalism and how people of faith are responding during a special Adult Forum session on Sunday, May 23, at 2:00 pm. The session will be held on Zoom. For a link to join the session, please contact Connie Kisling.
Jack is an award-winning journalist and national reporter for the Religion News Service. He covers religion. Also politics. Usually both.
He’s also the author of the book American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country, published by HarperOne.
In addition to ThinkProgress — where he served as Senior Religion Reporter for more than 3 years before starting at RNS — his stories and analysis from all over the globe have been published in the Washington Post, Atlantic, Associated Press, Daily Beast, National Catholic Reporter, and others. His work has also been cited or featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, CNN, MSNBC, and a Netflix docu-series, among others.
He earned his B.A. from Presbyterian College and his Master of Divinity from Harvard University. He plays harmonica and ukulele.
Pastor Lauren (she/her/hers) received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Leadership Development from West Chester University in 2006 and a Masters of Divinity from Gettysburg Seminary (now United Lutheran Seminary) in 2014. She completed her internship as a vicar at First Lutheran Church in 2012-2013.
After graduation she received a call to Gettysburg Seminary, serving as the Director of Admissions, Assistant Dean of the Chapel, and Coordinator of Spiritual Formation. For four years she served as pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Baltimore City, engaging in sustaining partnerships as Visitation Pastor for Christ Lutheran Church and as Priest in Charge of The Church of the Redemption. She is currently Lead Pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C.