Don’t worry, this isn’t just another religious conversation. As matter of fact, we’d like to change the conversation a bit . . .
It is hard to admit, but Colorado Springs carried a very specific reputation for a number of years: We were the “Evangelical Vatican” or “Christian Mecca.” We were labeled a place of hate when Amendment 2 was written, introduced and passed and as (some) people unified to get Creationism taught in public schools. The rhetoric during the early 90s was sometimes harsh, sometimes embarrassing, and often one-sided as the city filled with churches, para-church ministries and religious organizations and the national media brought attention mainly to human fallibility in what appeared to outsiders (and some insiders) as a reality-TV-esque drama-filled conservative evangelical cityscape.
The history of how we got there, especially the decisions that were made at the government level to encourage the influx of Christian-based organizations, are no longer well-known or widely talked about and neither are the effects of those decisions – both positive and negative. Even less so, the changing atmosphere of the city is something only witnessed from within – though promising and encouraging to those who are here as witnesses.
To get a better grasp on this development in our recent history we did some research and invited in the lead minister, Reverend Doctor Ben Broadbent, of First Congregational Church of Colorado Springs – which happens to be the longest continuously operating church in the city. Rev. Broadbent has spent 16 years in Colorado Springs navigating the changing tide and brings us insider insight as he casts vision for our town. Join us as we talk about the emerging rhetoric that represents more of our citizens and the positive changes that open the door for diversity and inclusion across both the religious and non-religious spectrum.
Tune in through Soundcloud (below) to listen to our episode How did we become the Evangelical Vatican — And are we Still?