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A Variety of Religious Experiences: Natives, Africans and Europeans in Early Virginia

Sunday, November 8, 2020, 2:00 PM

Due to the Coronavirus health alerts, the March 15 (Huber) and March 29 (Bond) talks have been postponed. Please visit for updates on all upcoming programs and events. 2020 Sunday Speaker Series - "A Variety of Religious Experiences: Natives, Africans and Europeans in Early Virginia" March 15: Margaret Williamson Huber - "Religion of the Powhatan Indians of Virginia" Anthropologist Margaret Williamson Huber explores the religious ideas and practices of the Powhatan Indians, both those of lay people and the shamans, or quiocosucks, including their importance in Powhatan governance. Huber will describe Indian rituals and symbolism as well as Powhatan reactions to Spanish and English attempts to convert them to Christianity. March 29: Ed Bond - "The Church of England in Early Virginia: The Essentials" Historian Ed Bond investigates the Church of England, which arrived with the first colonists who settled Virginia. As it struggled to gain a solid footing and transfer its administrative structure to North America, the church became dominated by the laity but for many years continued to carry out numerous secular duties just as the Church of England did in England. October 25: Linda Rowe – "Eighteenth-century Williamsburg: A Case Study of African American Religious Experience" From the Established Church to evangelical gatherings, enslaved and free blacks participated in the religious life of colonial and revolutionary-era Williamsburg. To do so, they negotiated the strictures imposed by the law, officialdom, and slave owners. With the rise of a gifted African American preacher, a congregation founded by and for black worshippers took root and survives to this day. November 8: John Ragosta - "Hornets, Snakes, Baptists & Presbyterians: Winning the Contest for Religious Freedom” Monticello historian John Ragosta traces the relatively unknown role of Virginia’s religious dissenters, primarily Baptist and Presbyterian evangelicals, in both winning the American Revolution and in establishing religious liberty, creating the strict separation of church and state embodied in Thomas Jefferson’s eloquent “Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom.” All presentations are Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems. Wine & Cheese Reception with speaker follows each presentation. $25.00 per talk or $90.00 for series. Tickets non-refundable and do not include book purchases. All proceeds benefit preservation and education programs at Christ Church (1735), a National Historic Landmark. Ragosta - Winning Contest for Religious Freedom - $25.00 Full Series - Variety of Religious Experiences - $90.00

Cost: $25.00 - $90.00

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420 Christ Church Road
Weems, VA 22576

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