2015BANNER clipThe 2015 Guelich Lecture: Christian Faith and Presidential Politics

with Dr. Randall Balmer, October 9-11, 2015


balmerDr. Randall Balmer, John Phillips Chair in Religion at Dartmouth College, comes to Colonial Church for a weekend exploration of the ever-tricky intersection between faith and politics. Dr. Balmer is a renowned speaker and prolific author, most recently of Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy CarterHis best-selling book Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory was the basis for an award-winning, three-part PBS documentary on Christianity in 20th century America.



Friday, October 9

3:30 pm   Lecture at the University of Minnesota

710 Social Sciences Building, University of Minnesota,  sponsored by the Departments of History and Modern Greek Studies.

Topic: “The Historian’s Pickaxe: Uncovering the Origins of the Religious Right.”


Saturday, October 10

9:00-11:30 am   Public Lecture and Children’s Events

Colonial Church, Edina, MN

“So Help Me God: Religion and the Presidency since John F. Kennedy” & “The Quest for a Moral Presidency: Jimmy Carter, Progressive Evangelicalism, and the Religious Right”

Children’s Activities for ages 5 and older include a lesson in civics and democracy in America, along with crafts, stories and other great fun. Limited to 30 children, please register here.

6:30 pm   Symposium on “Civil Discourse and Controversial Issues”

The beautiful Bigelow Chapel, United Seminary, New Brighton, MN.

Luscious hors d’oeurves and drinks with a presentation from Dr. Balmer, followed by responses from Dr. Mark Osler, Professor of Law, St. Thomas University Law School, and Dr. Deanna Thompson, Professor of Religion and Culture, Hamline University.

Discussion and conversation over dessert will follow. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Sunday, October 11

9:00 and 10:45am  Sunday Morning at Colonial Church

Morning Worship featuring Dr. Balmer in dialogue with Dr. Daniel Harrell, Senior Minister. Different topics will be covered at each service so plan to stay for both.

Print this Randall Balmer Flyer and invite others to enjoy these great events.

Watch Dr. Balmer address presidents and religion in this clip: Presidents and Religion – Randall Balmer (1)

Read more about Dr. Robert Guelich