[The Episcopal News] Videos from the diocesan forum “From Swords to Plowshares: Our Need to Address White Christian Nationalism” are now posted on the diocesan YouTube channel, available for adult education including Lenten study series. The videos can be paired with the diocesan Engagement Across Difference curriculum on Christian nationalism available here.

Pamela Cooper White

Video Part 1
The Rev. Pamela Cooper-White (click here)

In the first video, the Rev. Pamela Cooper White, introduced by Bishop John Harvey Taylor, keynotes the forum presented July 9 by the Program Group on Ecumenical and Interfaith Life of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. An Episcopal priest and pastoral psychotherapist, Cooper White outlined points from her book The Psychology of Christian Nationalism: Why People Are Drawn In and How to Talk Across the Divide (Fortress Press, 2022). She is professor/dean emerita of psychology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Her keynote address is presented in full in the first of two video recordings of the forum program, hosted at St. Paul’s Commons, Echo Park.

Janna Louie

Video Part 2
The Rev. Janna Louie (click here)

In the second video, the Rev. Janna Louie, an L.A.-based American Baptist minister, offers perspectives from her work as chief of staff of the Baptist Joint Committee (BJC) for Religious Liberty. Her presentation focuses on ways in which the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community experience white Christian nationalism. Her presentation was followed by insights offered by Bishop Brenda Bos of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Bishop Mary Ann Swenson (retired) of the United Methodist Church, a former vice-moderator of the World Council of Churches.

Co-organizers of the forum included diocesan interfaith ministers-in-residence Sable Manson, Tasneem Noor, and Tahil Sharma, working closely with Dot Leach, chair of the diocesan Program Group on Ecumenical and Interfaith Life.

Inquires about the videos may be emailed to media@ladiocese.org.