Discovering Jamestown

Discovering Jamestown

First English settlement reveals America’s roots JAMESTOWN, Va. — “Even if you just got here today, all Americans are from Jamestown.” Those were opening words historian Mark Summers offered to Nurturing Faith Experience participants who took a step back in history by...
A Great Price

A Great Price

John Leland’s belated visit to Williamsburg WIILIAMSBURG, Va. — Religious diversity and freedom were not practiced or celebrated — and only to a limited degree tolerated — in Colonial America. In Williamsburg, as in other places, one might find a Baptist minister or...
Worth Repeating

Worth Repeating

“As a young preacher, I thought about church 90 percent of the time and about the world 10 percent of the time. It changed my preaching when I came to the realization that my congregation thought about church 10 percent of the time and about the world 90 percent.” —...
Generalities and specifics

Generalities and specifics

Often I have wondered if faith communities have enough space in which both “who I was” and “who I am” could feel comfortably at home. The very consideration of that thought requires a confession that my understanding and practice of the Christian faith has changed...
Smithsonian Initiative

Smithsonian Initiative

Curator says diverse religious history is part of everyone’s American experience The place of religion in museums has a long, troubled, and often strange history. In the 1930s, the Soviet Union established a series of “anti-religion” museums. Several decades later,...