Learning Solidarity from Conservative Christians

On our way to NJ this weekend for Easter at Aimee’s relatives, we remarked at an article in Sundays NY Times Movement in the Pews Tries to Jolt Ohio.  I am continually impressed by the level of savvy organizinig, message development and working relationships that are maintained within the conservative christian, baptist and catholic faith communities.  The effort to establish community-based political organizations in each of Ohio’s 88 counties, educating and mobilizing members of congregations on the issues they identify as important, and setting a high profile significant goal of electing a Govenor are are powerful.  I remember reading about a meeting of several thousand Oregon Pastors who were opposed to the Gay Marriage civil rights coming out of Multnomah County (of which Portland OR is part), and thinking that the sheer number compared to some of our Unitarian Universalist General Assemblies in North America.  The Oregon newsbit was buried in page 4 of the Metro section.  Where is the organizing on the left and the faith communities place?


2 responses to “Learning Solidarity from Conservative Christians

  1. I don’t know, Joseph, but I agree that it is painfully lacking. On the way to the airport from the DRUUMM conference last November, several us had a conversation about this very thing. Taquiena B especially had some high-quality insights. She talked about a book (that I’ve forgotten the title of and need to ask her for) that was written about the political “apprenticeship” of future conservative leaders in the US. It was very interesting.

  2. I think at a basic level, conservative Christians have a ‘greater cause’ mentality. In general they are are willing to fall into heirarchy and routine self-sacrifice.

    I think UU’s are so divergent in views, goals, and personal motivation, that it is difficult to push concerted movement in any focused directions. Of course there is probably no empirical proof of this!

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