Stress, Resolve, and Hope: A Marathon

As I look with uncertainty at what is playing out in our world I need an occasional reminder of what I can do, how I can shift my perspective, and to reach for positive change through these trying times. Adam’s message, here, gives me that perspective. Thank you, Adam.

Liberal Religion…Where Are You?

I’m not backing a particular presidential candidate yet (though I do have a couple favorites) because I think, at this stage, they should be exercising their ideas, seeing which ones capture and build attention. Additionally, they need to be watching how the ideas of the rest of the field are being perceived. The smart ones will adapt and adjust.

Rev. Adam Dyer’ s point needs to be incorporated into that candidate- and campaign-level conversation.

“Beyond the Politics of Hope” | Andy Batcher

Andy Batcher’s post Beyond the Politics of Hope strikes a chord with me. He writes, in part, “The problem is congregations will often speak about, and subtly give themselves credit for, work that is more transformative than what they actually do.

If I apply this to me, personally, it tells me that I feel entitled to apply the credit for things I’ve already done to current and future (and different) work. Somehow, I might feel that this absolves me from having to pitch in now. If I am obnoxious about it I might be smug and self-righteous. Worse, I might become indignant if someone calls me in (or calls me out) on my bullshit.

To be clear, the work I’ve done on, say, youth issues does not mean that I’ve done my work on feminism, white supremacy, LGBT+, immigration, poverty, etc. Not even close.

If the shoe fits…

Note: I am open to receiving feedback on ways that my choice of words could be improved to be more welcoming and less offensive. No, I’m not trying to be “politically correct”, just less of a jerk.