How Interfaith Leadership Can Help Us Move Forward 

This is an excellent article about Interfaith Leadership. The idea is to engage those who have opposing beliefs, and actively to search for concerns we share. 

To me this sentiment (quoted from the article) is the key: “[W]e have to recognize that people can disagree on some fundamental or ultimate concerns, and work together on others.”

A key requirement is, initially, to ignore any beliefs with which we disagree.

Yes, ignore. 

We may even need to ignore hurtful things said about us or those we care about. (Read the article for an outstanding example of what this looks like.) 

Doubtless, ignoring some comments will be incredibly difficult.But I believe developing relationships with people of different beliefs is our only chance of moving forward. And, who knows? Once they get to know us, we may even change their minds. 

You Have to Start Somewhere

Facebook post, November 9, 2016, 6:45 am

These are the messages that inspired me this morning
and also brought me to tears.

Make angry art.
Protect the children.
We must be civil, but we must also be bold.
“The arc of history is long and bends towards justice” – take heart and work even harder.

Go ahead and weep…for as long as you need to. I certainly am.
But then,
when you can,
do what you can.

Show by your actions, your words, your support, your presence
that we are strong.
That we are not done.
That we do not give up.
That we do not abandon those who are Muslim, immigrants, LGBT, disabled, people of color,
or any other human being.

Show by your actions, your words, your support, your presence,
and your understanding
that we also remember and will not abandon those whose jobs have evaporated,
who work and work and work
with little return,
and who feel left out and left behind.

We have been blessed with peace
and with wars that require little personal sacrifice,
except from a few brave souls
and their families.
Now is the time to show
our mettle,
to show what we are made of.

Do what you can,
when you can.
And make this slogan come true:
Love trumps hate.