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When the Powers that Be Co-Opt Sacred Texts: Dinner and Conversation with Rev. Andries Coetzee

May 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


A favorite often manipulated text used by those in power to subject peoples, territories, and ideas is Romans 13. Take as an example, verses 1-2: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” In this gathering we will discuss the meanings of the text and how different powers have used one primary interpretation of Romans 13 to subjects others. Join us for a vegetarian meal and conversation.

Andries (Dries) Coetzee was born the youngest of four children in the rural town of Ceres, South Africa. After serving a year of mandatory military service, he went on to study Theology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, where he earned BD and MA degrees. He has served PCUSA churches in Houston, Texas, Bloomington, Minnesota, and Wooster, Ohio. Dries was honored in 2016 with the Lydia Thompson Humanitarian Award and in 2017 as a co-recipient of the Person of the Year award from the Wooster/Orrville NAACP. Dries currently serves as head pastor at University Presbyterian Church, San Antonio.

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