Rising partisanship in our country has made finding common ground difficult. A recent study found that Methodism is one of America’s most politically divided denominations, with both congregants and their pastors roughly split between the Democratic and Republican Parties. This makes the work of a pastor – a spiritual leader to everyone in their pews – hard. Navigating those tensions and modeling new ways of remaining in relationship with those we disagree is not for the weak of heart.
While it is not sure to magically-solve the politically divided world in which we find ourselves, we do hope it will offer you some ideas and encouragement about how to remain true to the Gospel while doing the hard work of living in community with people across the political spectrum.
Our second episode of season two features Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas. Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas is lead pastor of Grace Community United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, and a graduate of Candler School of Theology. A native of Puerto Rico and a spiritual director, Huertas loves writing about discipleship as empowerment to transform our neighborhoods, cities, and world. He is a frequent contributor to Day1.org and MinistryMatters.com. Juan recently co-authored The Marks of Hope through Abingdon Press. He is married to Shannon Perry Huertas and is a father of three.