Episode #291

The Liturgy of Politics

Guest: Kaitlyn Scheiss

Series: Crackers and Grape Juice

Host: Jason Micheli

January 15, 2021

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A generation of young Christians are weary of the political legacy they’ve inherited and hungry for a better approach. They’re tired of seeing their faith tied to political battles they didn’t start, and they’re frustrated by the failures of leaders they thought they could trust. Kaitlyn Schiess grew up in this landscape, and understands it from the inside. Spiritual formation, and particularly a focus on formative practices, are experiencing a renaissance in Christian thinking―but these ideas are not often applied to the political sphere. In The Liturgy of Politics:Spiritual Formation for the Sake of Our Neighbor , Schiess shows that the church’s politics are shaped by its habits and practices even when it’s unaware of them. Schiess insists that the way out of our political morass is first to recognize the formative power of the political forces all around us, and then to recover historic Christian practices that shape us according to the truth of the gospel.

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