The Stormy Question

The Christian Church and the Slavery Issue

In a 3-week adult education series, we will explore how Disciples of Christ reacted to the slavery controversy and the subsequent Civil War in the mid nineteenth century. 

Based on the interpretive exhibit on display at the Disciples of Christ Historical Society (an online version of the exhibit is also available) this topic commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Class discussions will include biographical sketches and the philosophies of Disciples chaplains, soldiers, abolitionists, pacifists, war hawks, and defenders of the slavery system. Comparisons to today's social justice issues will also be examined.

We are very fortunate to have Sara Harwell, Vice President and Chief Archivist and the curator of the exhibit, as our teacher on Sunday mornings (August 18 and 25, September 8); we meet each Sunday at 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall.

William Tolman Carlton "Watch Meeting Dec. 31st 1862, Waiting for the Hour" | White House Art Collection