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The Reunited States
February 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm EST
There has been much talk about our divisions these last few years, but few have ventured to explore what healing them might require. What, actually, is unity? What isn’t it? Does repairing our commons require a papering over of difference, or do we actually need to get better at truth-telling, and, perhaps paradoxically, at disagreement? How do we see ourselves—as citizens, as individual moral agents—in the calculus of belonging to history, inheriting it and joining long currents of redeeming it?
Please join us in watching a film that brings these questions to life, The Reunited States. The film follows several individuals: Susan Bro, who lost her daughter in the deadly Charlottesville protests of August 2017; Erin and Dave Leaverton, a white Christian couple who decided to travel in an RV to all fifty states to understand the origins and nature of our fault lines; Greg Orman, who ran for governor of Kansas as an independent and wants to shake up our binary dysfunction; and Steven Olikara, whose Millennial Action Project is attempting to seed a future of friendship and cooperation across the political divide. Through their interwoven narratives, you will at once recognize our distressed tectonics and find welcome in an invitation to risk.
Watch the trailer here to get a taste, and then access a virtual screening room via the link below. (Please note that only the first 150 people to access the virtual screening room will be able to watch the film, though anyone is welcome to join us for the panel discussion on Thursday! After you’ve registered for the panel discussion, a link and password to the virtual screening room will be sent in your confirmation email.)