[Magdalen] Fwd: [Unfolding Light] — Not safe
gracecan at gmail.com
Mon Oct 29 15:03:28 UTC 2018
> Begin forwarded message:
>> Dearly Beloved,
>> Grace and Peace to you.
>> Sitting with Jewish neighbors
>> at their temple in shock and fear
>> after a synagogue shooting,
>> feeling their heartbreak and vulnerability,
>> I confess: for a moment I felt safe.
>> I am, after all, not one of them.
>> I will never be shot for being black,
>> never be murdered for being Jewish or gay.
>> I am a white, male, well-educated,
>> middle class, able-bodied Christian.
>> I'm not the one they'll kill for being myself.
>> I'm glad that danger is not mine.
>> That, I confess, is my violence.
>> When I am glad of my safety,
>> when I hide behind my privilege
>> and separate myself from them,
>> when I think “them” and not “us,”
>> pretend I am not them
>> to feel safe—that itself is the violence.
>> We are one.
>> Our wholeness includes each other.
>> I do violence to my own being
>> when I separate myself,
>> when I welcome the safety of my privilege
>> and sever those I think are not part of me.
>> I am not free until all of us are free.
>> My only safety is to risk
>> for the sake of the safety of all.
>> My only way to be whole
>> is to be broken with the broken-hearted.
>> My only salvation is not to be safe.
>> Deep Blessings,
>> Pastor Steve
>> Steve Garnaas-Holmes
>> Unfolding Light
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>> —October 29, 2018
>> Unfolding Light by Steve Garnaas-Holmes
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