Can the Heart of Democracy be Healed?

Len Delony1A movement has been emerging around the world.

Many who have not felt heard are insisting on being respected and taken seriously. Amen to that!

I’m concerned that what we are witnessing, however, on a national and international level, is largely a reaction to fear and anger. Any sense of “sacred trust” keeps breaking down to lower levels of desecration. In such an environment, few people actually have eyes to see and ears to hear.

In past centuries in some of the darkest hours, true leadership said “fear not” and insisted that we have nothing to fear but fear itself. That still rings true today. Instead of stirring more fear and division, true leaders will point beyond that to lift new hope and courage, with the deep spiritual wisdom that “we are all in this together.” It seems that many national and international “leaders” don’t have the maturity to see or comprehend that. So I implore you to relate to your own families, neighborhoods, and towns with deep wisdom, authentic truth, and the tenacious and healing power of compassion.

Below are some very helpful guidelines to help us rediscover and recreate sacred trust wherever we are.

Come join us at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth on Sunday, February 26, between 3:00 – 5:00 pm to explore how each of us might help heal our democracy.

And before that, on February 12, come join us at Beth-El for an important interfaith gathering entitled Women in Faith: A Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Dialogue.

Grace and peace,

Len

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