By Reverend Justin Schroeder, Senior Minister
In 2003, Indian activist, Arundhati Roy, ended her keynote address to the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, with these words: “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
Through art, music, literature, sheer relentlessness, and the ability to tell our own stories, Roy said, we imagine and help bring another world into being.
In this season of finding light amidst the darkness – Hanukkah candles glowing in the window – the star in the sky leading the way to a baby born in a manger – the returning of the light that we celebrate at Winter Solstice – what new worlds do you imagine coming into being?
What new world(s) are being born inside of you, as you work your 12 step program, embrace the racial justice journey we’re on, engage in a new spiritual practice, create something, hold a child or grandchild, or sit with a dying loved one?
What new world(s) are being born in your family or close relationships, as you seek forgiveness, make amends, sing together, play together, and tell stories to one another?
What new worlds do we hear breathing all around us?
A few weeks ago, when I gathered with nearly 200 people at a Faith Summit to Prevent Gun Violence (put on by Every Town for Gun Safety), I truly felt that another world was possible, as state by state, we can introduce common sense legislation that reduces gun violence.
Bringing a new world into being takes imagination, creativity, relentlessness, and deep, abiding love. In this season that celebrates the returning of the light, that hints at the birth of something new, what new world(s) are you helping to bring into being?
I’ll see you in church,