The RavenCast: The Mimetics of Protesting the Inauguration

In just a few hours, Donald Trump will officially become the President of the United States. His inauguration is scheduled for 12:00 ET. Many civilians and politicians are protesting the inauguration. Which brings up some questions:

What’s good about protesting this inauguration? Are there dangers to protesting the inauguration? Suzanne Ross and Adam Ericksen explore these questions through mimetic theory.

Are there dangers to protesting the inauguration?

According to our religious traditions, what is the reason to protest?

Suzanne Ross and Adam Ericksen explore these questions through mimetic theory in the latest RavenCast below:




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10 replies
  1. Kristyn Reid
    Kristyn Reid says:

    Excellent podcast! This is what I’ve been saying! GOP refused to work with President Obama on anything and therefore nothing got done. That’s not how to run a country!

  2. Mary Fulton
    Mary Fulton says:

    Thanks Suzanne & Adam! I needed to hear this. You helped me understand my mixed feelings about today’s protests and the congressional boycott of the inauguration ceremony. The challenge for me over the next however long will be to figure out how to constructively engage in fighting for what I believe in – no easy task in this climate. Conflict avoider that I am, it’s much easier not to engage at all.

    • Adam Ericksen
      Adam Ericksen says:

      Thank you, Mary! You describe perfectly how I’m feeling at the moment. I have all kinds of mixed feelings, too. I’m also struggling with how to be constructive during this time. It’s a constant conversation I’m having with myself! I don’t like conflict, but I also don’t want to feed the beast, who just seems to grow stronger with any criticism. Hard to know what to do! I think we must continue to point to a better world. Sometimes that means criticizing, but I think more than that it means not so much being against, but claiming something better. I’m still trying to work this out!

      Hope all is well with you my friend. :)

  3. Tom Truby
    Tom Truby says:

    And grace and peace be with you! I liked that. This Sunday I will preach about what Jesus did when he heard that John the Baptist had been jailed. He withdrew from Nazareth, got his feet under him, moved to a different place and than began his ministry announcing the Kingdom of God. He could have denounced Herod but he didn’t. Instead he announced a new direction that all could join; a positive direction and not a reaction that would only feed Herod’s ego.

  4. Tammy Martens
    Tammy Martens says:

    Thanks for this very helpful video. I’m wondered if there is any curriculum that has been written to use with youth that explains mimetic theory, and explains the theological concepts/understandings from Girard’s book I See Satan Fall Like Lightening. This would be incredible if there was such a resource out there that we could use with youth. And adults for that matter.

  5. Kelly Flanagan
    Kelly Flanagan says:

    The antidote to opposition – “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” ― Mother Teresa

  6. Gail Lando
    Gail Lando says:

    I feel that I was led to your podcast. I have been studying Rene Girard on my own. I am at a point where I feel that I need insights from others who know more than me. Thank you.


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