Time to Commit to DOING and BEING Better…
Like many of you, I have been learning to sit with discomfort. My heart is cracked open as I hear my BIPOC neighbors tell me stories of what it is like to live in black and brown bodies — stories that until now I have had the privilege to ignore. Hearing them is uncomfortable. But having to live them is unconscionable. So the least I can do is open myself to the discomfort, sit with it and let it teach me.
A few weeks ago, we mentioned our desire to start a book or discussion group and several of you expressed interest. It is important for there to be a space for us as white people to do the work of becoming anti-racist. This group can be an important start to that work. We are targeting early August to begin and will likely do so via zoom at least initially. Meanwhile we are reading, listening and learning. I encourage you to do the same and I hope you will consider joining us and even inviting a friend. In the words of Winona LaDuke, “there is no social change fairy”! There is only us. The work is messy and uncomfortable but it is what we are called to do. And this, my friends, is the time to say yes because black and brown lives more than matter…Betsy