Word & Note 2023

The Divine Arts of Knowledge and Exultation
February 24 – 26, 2023

Plymouth Congregational Church

With Kristin Kobes Du Mez author of “Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation”

Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a New York Times bestselling author and Professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin University. She holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame and her research focuses on the intersection of gender, religion, and politics. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington PostNBC NewsReligion News Service, and Christianity Today, and has been interviewed on NPR, CBS, and the BBC, among other outlets. Her most recent book is Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.

Sunday Worship February 26 Plymouth Church 10:30am

Kristen Du Mez will address the question “Where is Your Hope?”

Full Event Schedule


Friday, February 24

7:00 pm Opening Session | $20

Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

In a much-needed reexamination of perhaps the most influential subculture in this country, the author of the New York Times bestselling book explains how the “moral majority” didn’t back Donald Trump for merely pragmatic reasons, but rather that their political allegiances reflect their most deeply held values—patriarchy, Christian nationalism, and authoritarian rule—with enduring consequences for all Americans.

Saturday, February 25

10:00 am Morning Session | $15

Jesus and John Wayne and the Evangelical Reckoning

The evangelical subculture is not monolithic. While 81% of white evangelical voters may have supported Donald Trump, 19% did not. This talk examines the fissures and fault lines that run through the evangelical church in America, exploring the relationship between the mainstream and the extreme and assessing what this means for the future of evangelicalism, and for American democracy.

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break | Box lunch available for $10

1:00 – 2:30 pm Afternoon Session | $15

Purity & Patriarchy: Understanding Christian Feminism, Past & Present

If masculine supremacy rests on created order—God created Adam before Eve—then are cows superior to men? Even to theologians? 

Before Jesus and John Wayne, there was A New Gospel for Women. Du Mez’s first book focuses on the life and work Katharine Bushnell, an internationally-known anti-trafficking activist and intrepid feminist theologian in the Victorian era whose life reflects both the promise and challenges of Christian feminism. Too Christian for feminists and too feminist for many Christians, Bushnell’s story has been largely lost to history. But her critique of the original “purity culture” and her innovative theological writings speak powerfully into our contemporary moment.

7:00 pm Concert | $20

Vocal Trio from Kansas City – Kristen Altoro-Nevins, Matthew Harris, and Jazlyn Epps

Tickets for all events are $60 (a $70 value), and include an appetizer reception following the Friday and Saturday evening events. (Lunch sold separately) Call 316-684-0221

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