‘That’s Not God, That’s Your Ego: Religion, Gender and Politics in 2018’

Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, professor of theology at Chicago Theological Seminary, will present the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series lecture “That’s Not God, That’s Your Ego: Religion, Gender, and Politics” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 217 Crossman Ave. in Buena Vista. The lecture is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

Thistlethwaite will discuss how, as she says, “religion has been weaponized in politics.” But, she argues, diverse sources of resistance are emerging from a revitalized women’s movement, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, LGBTQ activists, and humanists and religious progressives.

The year 2018 is a watershed moment, not unlike 1968, in the ongoing work of saving and improving democracy for all American people. The key to building and sustaining such work is to challenge those who are blinded by their conviction that God is on their side by standing up for the inherent dignity and worth of every human, as well as for the life of the planet.

Thistlethwaite holds a doctorate from Duke University, a master’s of divinity from Duke Divinity School and a bachelor’s from Smith College. She served as president of the Chicago Theological Seminary from 1998 to 2008 and then returned to full-time teaching on the seminary faculty. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, her numerous books include Women’s Bodies as Battlefield: Christian Theology and the Global War on Women (Palgrave Macmillan 2015). She has published two translations of the bible as well as two novels in her Kristin Ginelli mystery series.

Widely recognized as columnist and commentator, Thistlethwaite was for six years a regular contributor to the Washington Post “On Faith” page. Her Chicago Tribune piece “Can a Nation Lose Its Soul? Coming to Terms with the Conscience of the United States and the Torture of Iraqi Prisoners” (May 4, 2004) has been among the most widely reproduced of her numerous newspaper columns. Today, she writes for several online news outlets. Some of her columns can be found on her Huffington Post author page.

The Collegiate Peaks Forum series, in its 16th year, is a free lecture series with presentations in Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida. For more information, visit CollegiatePeaksForum.org.