As an American society, we have minimal experience of or historical perspective on the vast diversity of religious beliefs, practices, histories, and cultures present in the United States. We have very little understanding of the ways this diversity and history shape our lives and political realities. Gaining insight and perspective into the history of religion and politics in the U.S. and beyond has given me a sense of freedom to bring my full self into these vital spaces. Learning about the history and diversity of religion and politics is not simply an academic exercise; for me it has become an avenue, through which to explore the questions that can guide us as I move in divisive religious and political worlds today.
From “Holy Chaos: Creating Connections in Divisive Times” by Amanda Henderson – Chalice Press