believe the better.
after senator bernie sanders appeared with presumptive democratic presidential nominee secretary clinton in new hampshire yesterday morning announcing he was supporting her candidacy for president, i posted the transcript of his endorsement speech on my Facebook page.
as was evidenced in the comments and private conversations i’ve had with friends, it seems some former bernie supporters have struggled with the idea of voting for anyone other than bernie.
many voiced their disappointment in him for ’selling out just like every other politician,’ as a result of his endorsement of hillary. Continue Reading…
‘our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.’
— thomas merton
in the wake of the past week, i and many of my friends and co-workers are all stretched to capacity in our efforts to appropriately grieve and mourn for the innocent lives lost in orlando. at the same time we’re picking up the pieces in our own lives and local communities, we acknowledge there are countless individuals within the broader LGBTQ community around the nation who are in need of support, pastoral and spiritual care, mental health and community services, or just a listening ear.
‘True resistance begins with people confronting pain… and wanting to do something to change it.’
— bell hooks
there is so much to say, and yet mere words are inefficient. hollow. empty.
speaking of solidarity without concrete action is meaningless.
the past 72 hours have been tremendously disturbing to many people of various shades and stripes – some resorting to polarized rhetoric in an attempt to find a common enemy, with others believing we’re better together.
news of the horrific orlando attack has triggered a response in all of us – anger, sadness, loss, anxiety, even hatred – which, one friend rightly says, is but a pawn of the emotion of fear.
in my neighborhood, each of these emotions – and more – are palpable. as prejudice and violence do to any community caught in their crosshairs, my LGBTQ friends and neighbors are grappling with the implications of such bad news, and pause to consider their own safety at our own bars and nightclubs a few days before our own Pride Parade on our own streets.
in our own neighborhood.
and yet, even here in Boystown, in the midst of the grieving and mourning and vigils to show solidarity and provide support, there is a message that is being repeated over. and over. and over.
it isn’t a message of fear, or hatred, or even sadness.
it’s a message of Love.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
— archbishop desmond tutu
standing in solidarity…
for a more lengthy response, check out my friend matthew vines’ words at Time here.
‘Generosity is not in giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is in giving me that which you need more than I do.’
from Sand and Foam
at the dawn of this new year, i announced that i’d founded a not-for-profit organization known as (un)common good collective. i’ve reached out to a number of friends and followers of my work and asked for their fiscal support in the development of this organization, designed to serve as a shared resource organization to provide services for and fund the work of churches, organizations and individuals within an expanding network of those seeking to do good work in the world.
as it turns out, ’doing good’ is quite common.
countless people are working toward a the articulation and expression of a more just and generous expression of faith both at home and abroad. it’s common. what is historically uncommon, however, is the intentional collaboration and the sharing of resources within these communities of do-gooders. perceived competition for public platform and donor dollars too often hinders truly collaborative work across our networks, and often stifles the imagination of, as one of my friends says, ‘a more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.’
(un)common good collective seeks to transcend the ceiling of the scarcity mindset which too often hinders a spirit of co-operation through the sharing of our time, treasure and talent across a shared eco-system of goodness. Continue Reading…