Before the pandemic struck, I was looking forward to traveling to lower Manhattan this week to speak as part of Trinity Wall Street Church’s Trinity Commons series. But things are as they are [gestures vaguely around in all directions] and so we’ll be doing this event virtually. The good news is all of you can attend, wherever you are.
The event kicks off November 12 at 6:30 pm and you can register here. It’s a conversation format with Trinity’s Priest-in-charge and Vicar, the Rev. Phillip A. Jackson.
I’ll be talking about the vulnerabilities of the U.S. as a nation, federation, and republic, our struggle to forge a story of shared purpose, and what we need to do to survive going forward. These are, of course, the topics of my new book Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, and American Character: The Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good. Together they form a trilogy and, I hope, provide informed paths forward for a beleaguered republic and the “great hope” it has long represented.
So do join us if you can. Stay safe out there and pray, if you do that sort of thing, that better times are ahead for the U.S. and the world.
(An unrelated programing note: if you happen to live in Denmark, I’ll be you guest later today (Nov. 7) on Danish national television, talking about our election.)