The Spiritual Life of Lincoln and the Idea of America

Instructor:  Duncan Newcomer

  • Zoom Class
  • 6 sessions – Friday at 2pm-3:30pm, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Suggested Reading
  • $20

Lincoln’s moral awakening was about race and democracy, rooted in his blend of reason and faith. At home with Enlightenment Humanists and American religious Reformers, he spoke and acted with secular reason and a sacred spirit. His was a political religion for the world’s people. He was both good and great. We will explore the relevance of his spiritual life to our idea of America and the crisis of today.

Suggested readings:
“The Idea of America: Our Values, Our Legacy, Our Future” by John Oliver Wilson. ISBN 978-0-87935-291-2
“30 Days With Abraham Lincoln: Quiet Fire” by Duncan Newcomer ISBN 978-1-64180-057-0. And the archives of Readthespirit and the audio archives of WERU, Quiet Fire.

6 sessions – Friday at 2pm-3:30pm, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26

Duncan Newcomer is host of the popular WERU radio feature “Quiet Fire: The spiritual life of Abraham Lincoln”, and author of “30 Days with Abraham Lincoln”. He has taught Idea of America curriculum as a part of the Idea of America Network for five years at senior colleges in Maine and numerous library and bookstore presentations. Known in Belfast as “the labyrinth man” he has been active in the Game Loft Coming of Age program, and is a retired psychotherapist, minister, and teacher.