This week I’ve been enthralled by National Public Radio’s series on Crossing the Divide. The reports are mainly focused on “the pros and cons of bipartisanship in Washington,” but they are about much more than politics. In each story, there’s a portrait of some of the things that divide us—ideology, race, social issues, religion, pop culture—and some of the ways that people and institutions are attempting (though not always successfully) to bridge the gap.
A few highlights: a piece on two struggling Lutheran churches–one black, one white–and their move toward becoming one; an insightful commentary by public theologian Robert Franklin about the responsibility of religious leaders to work for healing and unity; and an essay by Eyes on the Prize author and NPR senior correspondent Juan Williams on how race continues to be our nation’s “most divisive force.”
This has been a weeklong series, across several different NPR programs. If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s definitely worth a listen.