Facing Our Grief

Dear friends,
How many times do our hearts have to break to be fully open? How “undone” do we need to be to start doing what needs to be done? It is so tempting to hide from the grief and sadness of the world – and some days it is necessary because the grief is just so heavy. But the problems in our world from climate peril to civil rights to racism all need us to keep showing up and to keep breaking open. NPR reported yesterday that “just 36% of Americans said they had taken concrete action to better understand racial issues after George Floyd’s killing [and] white people were the least likely to have done so, at just 30%”. I was surprised and saddened by this number. From my vantage point as the director of JRPC seeing all the BLM posters, buttons, books, shirts and stickers we are selling, it seems like racial justice is all anyone is talking and thinking about. But the world outside my bubble tells a different story. Continue reading