1619 & 1776

1619 & 1776

1619 & 1776 explores the common ground between American Christians on the left and the right. In each episode, I listen to pastors, priests, ministers, and preachers talk about what the last few years have been like for them, what they see as the core of our faith, and how we can come together in unity in the church today. Join me while we build bridges across the chasms that divide us.


January 24, 2023 2 min

All interviews for season one have aired; only the season finale is left--but it's time for your voices! Literally. I want to know what thoughts you have about the topics I've covered and the things my guests have said. What is your relationship with American Christianity (if you care to share)? How would you express is the core of Christianity? What would you say are the biggest divisions in the Church right now? What do you think...

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December 12, 2022 48 min

Rev. Aaron Zimmerman of St. Alban's Episcopal in Waco, TX, is today's guest. Listen to his lively, engaging interview about the church's responsibility for welcoming everyone and teaching people how to live together amid differences.

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November 28, 2022 55 min

Rev. Tom Bridgman of Grace Church Congregational in Pittsfield, MA, talks about growing up in the segregated south and about his inter-racial marriage.

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October 31, 2022 44 min
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October 17, 2022 38 min

Rev. Aaron Williams is Associate Pastor of Pastoral Ministries & Kindred Community at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington. Aaron has been preaching and teaching the gospel for 30 years. He was born in Augusta, Georgia. He’s a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, and prior to coming to UPC, he served as the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church for nine years.

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October 3, 2022 39 min


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September 19, 2022 32 min

Now that we are about halfway through the season, we thought it would be a good time to pause and reflect on what we have heard so far. Therefore, in this episode we turn the tables and interview the interviewer. The Producer, Christopher Bartlett, talks to Sørina Higgins about what agreements she's heard among her guests and whether she's optimistic or pessimistic about the project of church unity.

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August 29, 2022 47 min

Juli Thompson is the Visitation Pastor at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Minnesota, a mother of two, a dog lover, and a Tolkien Scholar. We know her from her attendance at Signum University conferences.

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August 15, 2022 51 min

Rev. Barshinger, a military chaplain and Orthodox Presbyterian minister, offers encouragement that Christians should be people who are equipped to understand each other and bridge some divisions. We need to remember that we are all hurting and be gentle to one another, but also learn to deal better with nuance and subtlety.

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August 1, 2022 35 min

In this third interview, Rev. Dr. Bruce Johnson of Scottsdale, Arizona, talks about love, grace, and unity. His gentle words emphasize our need for mutual care and communication across our differences.

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July 18, 2022 47 min

In the second interview in this series, Rev. Dr. Jeff Hatton of Redeemer Waco in Texas emphasizes that the Gospel is good news, not good advice, and that it informs every aspect of our lives. He expresses concern over the ways that discourse is shaped and controlled these days.

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July 4, 2022 46 min

The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Foley is one of the pastors at Mosaic Waco in Texas. He finished his PhD in Religion at Baylor University in December 2021; his dissertation is on African-American responses to lynching. Here, he talks about current events, based on his fundamental belief in the Kingship of Jesus Christ.

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June 20, 2022 13 min

American Christianity is falling apart. In this first episode, Sørina Higgins talks about the terrible schisms in the church today, what approach she'll be taking to interviewing pastors about Christian re-unification, why she's the one doing this project, what the title means, and more. Join her to build bridges across the chasms that divide us.

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