we’ve all seen the headlines.
race-based jurisprudence and law enforcement in ferguson, mo, rendered indisputable by a doj investigation, reminds us that everything is not all right when it comes to racial justice in our communities. the passage of the first state-level religious-freedom-to discriminate-against-queer-persons law (RFRA) in indiana and again in north carolina assures us that all is not well when it comes to lgbtq equality in our communities. the repeated attempts in the halls of congress in washington to construct political caveats to gender equality informs us that justice is still not guaranteed for all women in our communities. notwithstanding the persistence and complexity of such challenges, they are all relational problems with relational solutions. if we want better, all we have to do is change the way we choose to relate with one another.
when people of goodwill and communities of goodwill connect across their differences in graciousness toward each other, then they can write a new story that focuses on big problems confronting all of us. when people and communities of goodwill collaborate across lines of difference to share ownership of the opportunity to create good, then they can act out a new script that insists everyone be represented in the power structure in critical mass, no longer settling for token diversity. when people and communities of goodwill conspire across lines of difference to leverage their privilege on behalf of others, then the narrative changes from “us-versus-them” to “us-with-them” and suddenly everyone has a stake.
in your companies, schools, organizations, neighborhoods and places of spiritual practice–the spaces where you live, work, learn and play–you can begin to tell more beautiful stories and to act out of more just scripts.
growing people together is intrinsic to everything we do. isn’t that a transformation worth cultivating?