Polarization is a reality in the world and, sadly, the church. It is often expressed in terms of ideology that is shaped by theology, life experiences and the increasing divergence that marks the world. Almost everyone laments its existence and calls for it to be bridged, but nowhere does this seem to be occurring. This is reality. Heartbreaking reality, but reality nonetheless. This polarization leads to a ‘winners take all and losers resist’ dynamic that only exacerbates the ever-widening gap and dysfunction. If continued unabated, it will inevitably lead to tragic outcomes we cannot fully imagine, but already are beginning to experience. I do not have answers. But I have found myself returning time and again the past few days to these words Jesus speaks in John 15: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Could it be that the only way we truly can connect to each other in ways that actually bridges the polarization is by doing so through the vine?