Begins Thursday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.
Why is it that “we the people” of the United States have so much trouble finding common ground? Why are we so divided around such issues as the place of religion in American life, the appropriate role of the federal government, immigration policies, social reform, and American identity in the world? Why is it that when we gather with our extended families a frequently enforced rule is that we never discuss religion or politics?
In American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, Colin Woodard suggests that the reason can be found in the story of our country, which is not one nation, but eleven distinct nations with competing interests and conflicting agendas all vying for dominance. The borders of these nations do not respect state boundaries, regional geographic designations, or even international borders. This book will be at the center of our Lenten discussion group. We will share our own family’s stories and the ways we believe their values were influenced by the nation in which they lived. We will also take some time to explore how it is that Community Church reflects the values of its founders living in the Left Coast and the values of the United Church of Christ whose roots were primarily in Yankeedom, Greater Appalachia, and the Midlands.
The book is available in paperback and as an e-book. There will be three Thursday evening discussions meeting Feb. 28, Mar. 14, and Mar. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Townsend White Chapel. On February 28, we will focus our attention on the stories of the founding nations (pages 1-111). Come and enjoy what is sure to be both a stimulating and an enlightening discussion.