At a time when it’s one terrible story after another. One reminder of America’s fall from grace, after another. Remind yourselves of our common dream. Remind yourselves of the country worth standing up for…that’s what I was reminded of, when I read, Of Thee I Sing.
“If you were Charlotte,” I ask Doris, “what word would you choose to weave into the web—to save the world?”
“Friendship,” Doris says, “for everybody just to try friendship. That’s hard to do.”
Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why it’s Hard for White People to Talk About Racism:
"Interrupting the forces of racism is ongoing lifelong work because the forces conditioning us into racist frameworks are always at play; our learning will never be finished. Yet our simplistic definition of racism - as intentional acts of racial discrimination committed by immoral individuals - engenders a confidence that we are not part of the problem and that our earning is thus complete.”
“Fatherhood is caring for my family as myself. Being so moved by the will and passion of others, that I come up with compromises. I move out of the way, so my child can move freely. I move in front of her, when there is danger. I move against her, if she is putting herself or others in danger. But always moving. Always loving. Rarely am I ever unmoved, when I think of her.”
"The gift or miracle of Pentecost may be as simple as this: that the Spirit is leading the Church to speak in languages that people can understand. And this leads to my core question for us to consider today. Does our work and our worship communicate our mission in ways that people can understand?"
We have the knowledge. We know the science. When it comes to climate change, what we need more than anything else is the character and conviction to act. And if we want to act long-term, then we’ll probably need joy, as well.
"In our teachings as an Anishinaabe people, where we are now is referred to as the time of the Seventh Fire. It is said that long ago prophets came to our people and they said that at the time of the Seventh Fire, we as Anishinaabe people would have a choice between two paths. One path, they said, would be well worn, but it would be scorched; the other path, they said, would not be well worn, it would be green. It would be our choice upon which path to embark. Frankly, I’m pretty sure that’s where we all are now. And the time has come for all of us to choose our path.” —Winona LaDuke
"In telling his disciples to keep this dazzling image quiet until after his suffering and sacrifice, perhaps we are witnessing that Jesus understands our love of power and glory; that Jesus doesn’t want to be known as the best of these but in how he cares for the least of these."
"Divorcing black history from white history lets white history off the hook. We need to know and not minimize the hurtful history in order to understand who we are when we come to the table. This isn’t about guilt or shame. It’s about sincerity and understanding."