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The day after the midterm elections ... This blog post
will be appearing on the day after the midterm elections.As I write a few hours before results are in,
we are still reeling from the recent violence caused by racial and religious
hatred and, in the case of the pipe-bombs, by an apparent inability to deal
with anger stemming from intolerance. More hatred, clothed slightly
differently. But by the time
this is posted, we will have had an election, one that may make a huge change
in how our country is to manage its affairs or may further empower those who
have been in charge for the last two years. I will not hide that my hope has
been for the change. However, whatever
the outcome in the control of various seats of power, I will continue to hold
out another hope, one that is longer in scope than a single election and
broader than any single electoral victory or defeat. It is that we – all of us
– will commit to teach, learn, and continue to build the practices we need that
At last night's community forum, Belief and Truth from a Multifaith Perspective: Finding Unity in Diversity, many expressed a desire to continue these kinds of conversations and to take action together for building bridges in our community. These are some of the ideas that were shared for next steps:
Find something concrete that we can work on together in our communityCome out with a statement to the community about this gatheringHave clergy visit other houses of worship for teaching and conversation Invite people of other faiths or no faith traditions into our houses of worshipBring younger people into our interfaith programsAsk elected officials to talk about this kind of workIdentify root causes of hatred and address themEncourage media coverage of our programs
What other ideas do you have for next steps? Please share them in the comments.