The beginning of a journey toward addressing racism must begin in prayer and reflection and an effort to act with the intention of what Pat Bergen, ssj calls the charism of “unioning love”. Theologian and Episcopalian priest Cynthia Bourgeault calls this “finding identity in collectivity…unfathomable unity, activating reconciling work.” Indeed, Fr. Richard Rohr describes God as “relationship itself, a dynamism of Infinite love.
“Divine Diversity” ……what we might call the “Great Love of God.” This work together has the goal that our Buddhist neighbors would describe as letting go of the illusion of separateness. Or as Chief Seattle said so many years ago, “humankind has not woven the web of life. We are one strand within it…. all things are bound together. All things are connected.”
Communities we live in are most whole when our diversity is celebrated and blessed…we encourage each of us to lean into this spiritual journey and find the blessing. The love of God creates in us such a “oneing” that when it is truly seen no person can separate themselves from another person…and in the sight of God all humans are one…..” Julian of Norwich.
So, let us begin our journey in unioning love…