Interested in a class on faith and politics?

Pastor Matthew Best
2 min readMar 10, 2020

I’ve been invited to teach an online class entitled “‘Doing’ Politics through the Lens of Faith.” If you know me at all, you know I have been thinking about, writing, and exploring this topic for decades now.

It will be a five week online course that covers a variety of topics and includes real life examples, videos, readings, etc. At the end, participants will have their own “platform” that can act like a guide. This is more than just about voting, but really how we live out our faith.

Week 1 — We’ll take a look at what politics is and isn’t. (Sneak peek — politics is far more than just partisanship. The two are not the same thing.)

Week 2 — We’ll explore the Old Testament and politics.

Week 3 — We’ll turn our attention to the New Testament and politics.

Week 4 — We’ll look at faith and politics a bit closer. How do they relate to one another?

Week 5 — We’ll finish up by answering the question of how we “do” politics in a faith-filled way.

The course is run through the Stevenson School for Ministry run through the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. There is a cap of 20 students for this round.

You can find registration information by visiting the website —

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about the course.

Originally published at on March 10, 2020.

Pastor Matthew Best

My name is Matthew Best. I’m an ELCA (Lutheran) pastor who attempts to translate church and churchy stuff into everyday language.