A picture of Reverend Christine at the pulpit during her installation ceremony

It was 8am in the West Bank of Palestine, but it was 11pm in Arizona on the night of the elections and I NEEDED to find out what was happening in the United States.  It was a very surreal experience because just a few days before, Israel had their 5th election in 4 years (and still got 71% turnout of their eligible voters) and the results took a pretty extreme turn to the right and radical nationalism; I was very worried we would see the same. While you all were sleeping, I was keeping watch over the results coming in and announcing the updates to anyone who would listen to me. Luckily the tour bus had Wi-Fi.

It says something that many of us are relieved that it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. And I am proud to be from the two most repeated words of the last week: “Maricopa County.” I am so proud of all of our UUCP folks who worked on #UUtheVote initiatives to make a difference in this election–well done!

Our citizens made a statement about conspiracy theories, hate speech, anti-LGBTQ and immigrant policies and extremism. But clearly, we are still a very divided country with millions of people who believe these extreme positions are desirable.  

This Sunday I am preaching about Christian Nationalism, something that I’ve been curious about and exploring for quite a while as it has grown as part of our cultural and political narrative. It is important that we are aware of it and how we as Unitarian Universalists can offer a double antidote–to religious pluralism and progressive resistance. I hope to see you there.