Christian Civic Engagement

Mini-Course, $69.00

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The purpose of this mini-course is to help faithful people develop a theology and practice of civic engagement. This course is based on the idea that Christians must be equipped theologically to exercise their responsibility for the public good in this moment. 

The Preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America reads, "We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States."

Do people of faith have a responsibility to help achieve and maintain these aspirations?

The prophet Isaiah writes, "woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?" The prophet goes on to invite us to "loose the chains of injustice, untie the cords of the yoke, set the oppressed free, and break every yoke."

These and other biblical passages push back against the misguided notion that faith communities should be asocial and apolitical. People of faith need to be clear that even our silence and/or indifference on social matters has political implications--particularly in times like these.

Register for this course today and learn what Christian civic engagement can look like for you! Change is here.

Course Information (The Fine Print)

This is a self-paced and ungraded course (except the grade you give yourself by investing in gaining knowledge). We recommend you budget about an hour per day over a two-week period to complete the course. Some college experience is preferable but not necessary. You are encouraged to engage in the learning activities according to your availability.

Registration is currently open. The price of the course is $69.00. JCSTS does not grant refunds for its mini-courses. Please make sure you invest the time and motivation to complete the course. For your own benefit, please do not circumvent or short-change any of the learning activities. The course includes readings, videos, and activities carefully sequenced to inform, inspire, and equip you.

The videos and readings in this program are in the public domain and are provided at no additional cost to you. In some cases, you may come across related links that capture your attention. We encourage you to explore these materials and to share beneficial information and resources with others using JCSTS platforms. For those who are interested, a closed Christian Civic Engagement Facebook Group has been established. Use the FB Group to discuss your insights, connect with others, and share helpful resources.

All JCSTS' programs are based on an honor system. Individuals are expected to exhibit integrity, character, respectfulness, and cooperation as they work through the various learning activities. Offensive behavior, misuse of technology, or other egregious activity will not be tolerated and may result in expulsion from the course.

This mission of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is to advance communities of faith, justice, and compassion through innovation in theological education. We're excited you've decided to join the JCSTS community! Learn well, serve well, and tell your friends!

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