We see it more clearly now than we have in any of our lifetimes – racial disparity, gender disparity, class disparity, ability disparity, and so much more. As religious progressives, we’d like to imagine ourselves exempt from the narrative that defines these chasms in the American experience. And, even though we recognize we are not, we find ourselves stuck trying to correct these cultural ills while also clinging to the levels of comfort we’ve grown accustomed to.
DeReau K. Farrar is Director of Music at First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon, and a member of the Board and conference planning committee of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network. He has also worked on HBO’s All the Way (2016) and Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017).