In 2004, Harvard historian Samuel Huntington published his valedictory Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity. Alarmed by permissive U.S. immigration policies and patterns, he cried “America cannot become the world and still be America.” He concluded, “In a world in which religion shapes the allegiances, the alliances, and the antagonisms of people on every continent, it should not be surprising if Americans again return to religion to find their national identity and their national purpose.” How is our nation’s religion now influencing the breadth and limits of our sense of identity and purpose? Does our faith call us to flow with this current or to fight it?
The Reverend Fritz Hudson currently serves as Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Nebraska and as Community Service Attorney in the immigration and juvenile courts there. His 40-year career has also been expressed in ministry to UU congregations and community legal service in Minnesota, Connecticut, Arizona, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.