From the Interim Associate Executive Director

Several years ago, I took on a spiritual practice of gratitude for my mentors during the month of November. It was inspired by the book, "Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors" by Marian Wright Edelman. In the book, she reflects on her life and the civil rights movement through the people who influenced her along the way. These figures ranged from her parents, to community elders, to teachers and to national leaders. All of them led by example, and helped her to find her path through the barriers of racism, sexism and classism that plague our country.
 
It feels like a good time to revisit that practice. Many days it feels as if the weight of the world is growing instead of lessening. The news and social media are filled with more and more outrage and heartbreak every day. I find myself often looking for the resources to stand in the midst of the tumult and the strength to be a part of making change in the world. In these moments, I draw on my mentors to sustain me.
 
Each day during November, I will reflect on someone who has influenced me and give thanks for that person. They may be a real person, or fictional, someone I have personally met, or someone whose work inspires me. I invite you to join me in this practice of reflection and thanksgiving. May you find the comfort and strength you need in these interesting times.
 
Holy one of Blessing, Cloud of witnesses, Muse of Justice,
It feels as if every day is a new invitation for heartbreak.
Our news and social media is filled with the pain of the world
Human rights violations, natural disasters, violence, hate, harassment, misconduct.
How do we hold all of these things
And lead change?
 
Remind us that we are not alone.
Remind us that others have faced the same struggles
Guide us to the places of inner strength
Guide us to a vision of hope
May we find renewed inspiration
to be present in the world,
And to transform it.
Blessed Be