Sometimes an idea for writing comes to me out of a conviction of sin. Months ago, at the beginning of primary season, I didn't know anyone who supported Trump. My first reaction to his presidential bid was bewildered amusement, then as he gained in the poles, fear. I thought, "Who are these Trump voters?" I realized that there was huge demographic of Americans who I am profoundly out of touch with. I began hearing stats in the early primaries about how Trump voters were more likely to be poor, have less formal education, and attend church rarely. I realized I don't know Trump supporters because I surround myself with (mostly) urban, educated people. Poorer whites were a demographic off my radar and, the more I thought about it, I realized that it was a demographic overlooked by a lot of urban evangelicals and mainline churches. So I called a pastor friend and we talked this over. By the time I got off the phone an hour later, I knew I had to write on this topic. To me, it wasn't about Trump anymore; it was about the way that our own urban biases and (sometimes) city snobbery can impede our ministry as a church. I have read more articles/books, interviewed more folks, and wrote more drafts for this piece than anything I've ever published (besides my book...although I didn't do interviews for my book so that was unique to this piece.) I learned a lot. Anyway, read it here: I Overlooked the Rural Poor...Then Trump Came Along . It is published in this month's CT print magazine as The America I Forgot.
Then, check out Tony and Jen Holmes Curran's church's site: here ! And watch their video (above). I interviewed Jen as I was researching this piece and got to know her a bit. She is wise, passionate, and loves her church family! If you resonate with my piece, one response would be to donate to their church! They are doing vital and beautiful work! You can donate here.
Andrew has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the . He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary, The Making of a Modern Mystic , and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for A New Humanity. He is co-author of the bestseller, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying , and has worked with the great Iranian Sufi dancer, Banafsheh Sayyad, in producing a film, In the Fire of Grace , which marries Sufi-inspired dances to the stages of Rumi’s understanding of the path of Divine Love.
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