We live in the age of polarization. In a 2012 study, the Pew Research Center found that “the partisan gap in opinions on more than 40 separate political values had nearly doubled over the previous quarter century.” And it’s not just politics that divide us. According to Bill Bishop’s The Big Sort, we are increasingly choosing to associate exclusively with those who share compatible lifestyles and beliefs, resulting in a society so fractured that we “don’t know and can’t understand those who live a few miles away.” Sides are chosen, tribes are formed around everything from religious preferences to sports teams. As divisions grow wider and deeper, all of us know that this is not the way things ought to be.
We are located just outside Washington DC, the center of our country’s political power and influence, the city that tends to fuel America’s partisan spirit. Yet we commit ourselves to live according to a different kind of power: the power of friendship, peace, and hope through the good news of Jesus Christ.At Cross Community Rockville, we are a community who believes Jesus of Nazareth has something to say about the divisions of our time. In fact, not only did he say something, he did something. At the heart of the good news of Jesus is the power of the cross; through his death and resurrection, all things are being reconciled and set to right: God and humanity, male and female, black and white, rich and poor, heaven and earth, and yes, even Republican and Democrat. As a church, we exist to embody this message through our love for one another as well as through our service to the city of Rockville.
We invite you to join us at our Weekly Services on Sundays, 10:30am at the Rockville Senior Center.