Bringing people together across political, religious, and racial difference for the common good.

Helping communities thrive through their differences, rather than defining them as battle lines.

Moves us from a polarized lot to be what Jesus called "one" and Thomas Jefferson called "a more perfect union."

“We agree with Jesus (and Abraham Lincoln) that ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Christianity has the potential to heal our differences and bridge our divides.

By entering the culture wars, churchgoers in the United States have ushered the Left and the Right to even greater extremes. Battles over moral issues like abortion rights and homosexuality have now widened to include taxation and size of government, so that specific church affiliation has become an accurate predictor of political party affiliation. The extremists in American politics rely on Christians to be the engine that pushes the culture farther right or left.

Allen Hilton believes that religion isn’t inherently divisive, and he suggests a new role for Christianity. Jesus prayed that his disciples might all be one, and this book imagines a proper answer to that prayer in the context of American polarization.

Rather than asking people to leave their political and theological beliefs at the church door, Hilton promotes a Christianity that brings people together with their differences. Through God’s transforming work, he writes, we can create a house united that will help our nation come back together

“50 States of Joy” Preaching and Teaching Campaign

The Yale Center for Faith and Culture and House United have teamed up to launch the “50 States of Joy” preaching and teaching campaign. This April through August, preachers from around the nation and the world will proclaim joy from their wide variety of perspectives to their wide variety of congregations. Let me know if you want to join in — whether you’re a preacher, a teacher, or a learner.

Coming Together For The Common Good

In 1858, Abraham Lincoln looked out on a nation split in half and mused aloud with Jesus’ words. “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” he warned. The Civil War came two years later. Our nation is still recovering.

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In 2016, we’re divided again – more polarized than we’ve been since that Civil War. Our strife is political, religious, racial and economic between red and blue states, red and blue neighborhoods, red and blue churches, and red and blue, black and white, rich and poor people.

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House United is a non-profit initiative designed to change that, person by person, community by community. We will invite church people, college students, rotary clubs, corporate leaders – anyone who is fed up with American incivility and animus to come together across difference.

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We’ll teach them why that is so hard, and then we’ll show them how to do it anyway, because our lives, our churches, our republic, and our world get better when we do.

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House United brings people together across difference. Picture police leaders and protesters from Black Lives Matter sitting down to do the hard work of transforming community. Picture a gay church and a fundamentalist church building schoolhouses together for impoverished Mexican children. Picture a college where progressives and conservatives engage passionately and peaceably to move important issues along. Picture staunch Republicans and devoted Democrats collaborating in Congress to make government work again. Picture a 2020 presidential election that inspires us instead of depressing us.

 

House United brings people together across difference for the Common Good.

 

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“I have attended workshops facilitated by Parker Palmer, Marjorie Thomson, Walter Wink, Tony Campolo, and other similar names. Yours ranked among the best of them.”

Rev. James Williams
Bay Creek, MI
A Student in Allen’s “Different Together” course at Princeton Seminary, Nov 2017

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