Those serving “purple” churches today are doing so in an especially volatile political climate. As Tom Long recently wrote in his Outlook article, “The perilous and promising pulpit,” preachers are getting sharply attacked at the church door just for quoting scripture like “love your enemies” or “blessed are the merciful.”
Purple churches, with a mix of red Republicans and blue Democrats, are ripe for conflict. But they are also places of promise and possibility. Besides faith communities, where else in our society do people of diverse political perspectives voluntarily gather?