House United is not just a good idea. It’s transformational. It’s culture change. It’s a movement.
The “50 States of Joy” preaching campaign that HU co-launched with the Yale Center for Faith and Culture got some press in the “Yalie Daily.” Check it out! “In a nation that does not have a whole lot of common ground right now, joy is a common-ground kind of issue,” Hilton said. “It’s a part of what we all hope for, so it makes a good subject on which people who disagree elsewhere can agree, and that’s why we think this can be very powerful.”
The Yale Center for Faith and Culture and House United have teamed up to launch the “50 States of Joy” preaching 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.
Joy explodes off the pages of the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, in spite of the circumstances that face the author (imprisoned by the Roman magistrates) and audience (“suffering” and “struggling” in the face of “opposition” from their non-Christian neighbors). Allen Hilton has prepared a Bible Study to support the “50 States of Joy” campaign, called “Joy – A Study of Paul’s Philippians.” It guides the learner, the small-group leader, or the class teacher through the letter in six sessions, tracking the central theme of joy. Enjoy!
It’s time to listen to our soldiers. A nation whose differences stymy us and keep us from collaborating needs to hear from people who do it for a living in the most pressurized circumstances imaginable. On March 25 at 2 PM at the Alhambra High School Auditorium (3839 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85019), members of an Arizona-based Army Reserve unit will tell us how they built a team and got things done across and through racial, religious, and political differences.
It’s the morning after in America.
The African-American desk clerk checks me out of my room, so I hand my bag to the hotel’s Arab shuttle driver. The 20-something with piercings and tats looks most tired of all. I navigate security beside a white man in his trucker’s hat and a Latino family trying to collapse a stroller. I buy water from a hijab-clad Indonesian woman. Behind me on the jet way, an urbane forty- something ponders Mexican real estate aloud, while a middle-aged Wall Street Journal reader looks on amused. My Row 25 runs the gamut – a retired woman looking scared, a young professional man reading “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” A union man’s jacket celebrates “5,000 Days FRA Injury Free.” The woman two rows back has young daughters. read more…
The biblical prophet Isaiah has a splendid little line that makes it into an old spiritual, “I ain’t a gonna study war no more.” Isaiah famously says, “[Many peoples] will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” (Isaiah 2.4)
In American culture, we’ve trained for our culture wars for so long that the ways of that war are instinctive to us — emphasizing our differences rather than our commonalities, oversimplifying the nation into two sides rather than a wide multiplicity, waxing certain about things that are far from sure, dismissing someone and stomping away from conversation after seven words if we disagree with what we hear, and characterizing our opponents by their most extreme voices.
It’s time to stop training for war. In this piece Ron Blankenhorn helps us train for unity instead. Do you have the 7 Habits of Highly Depolarizing People?
The central virtue of House United is an endangered one: Humility. This blog piece cultivates it. Read and react. The conversation continues…
For over four decades, evangelical voters have played a very public role in election coverage. Progressive analysts, both from the secular media and from inside church circles, often treat this category of Christians as a monolith, as in, “Evangelical Voters Support…” This year that custom has continued. How many times have you heard pundits describe how “the evangelical vote” constitutes a significant part of Donald Trump’s support base?
One part of House United’s role in our culture is to break down stereotypes that divide us unnecessarily. During this election season, progressive commentators have consistently characterized evangelicals as uncomfortable with supporting Trump because of character issues, but ultimately willing to do so in order to secure conservative Supreme Court appointments. Generalizations like this cloud the issue. Progressives would do well to listen to actual living, breathing evangelicals — and not just the fundamentalists who are thrown on to Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to inflame. read more…
Kelly Brill identifies the deep chasms between us and then challenges her congregation to live into the New Testament mandate to come together amid our differences. Select the 11 AM service on Oct 2, 2016 and drop in at 37:00 to hear this important call to Christian civility and unity. Also listen for the applause at the end. People are crying out for Christian unity!
Rich Nathan of Vineyard Columbus Church preaches, “Can Democrats and Republicans Live Together in Peace?”