February 20

Reflection

We don’t just have a sociological problem; we have a moral problem. We all create a shared moral ecology through the daily decisions of our lives. When we stereotype, abuse, impugn motives and lie about each other, we’ve ripped the social fabric and encouraged more ugliness. When we love across boundaries, listen patiently, see deeply and make someone feel known, we’ve woven it and reinforced generosity. As Charles Péguy said, “The revolution is moral or not at all.”
David Brooks

Prayer

May we remember that we are all one.

Action

Are there ways in which you enable the social fabric to be ripped?  How can you help to reweave it?

Suggested reading

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Psalm 133:1

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:13-14

One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.
Henri Nouwen

You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.
Amit Ray

Pit race against race, religion against religion,prejudice against prejudice.  Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.
Eleanor Roosevelt

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.
J.K. Rowling

Even the weak become strong when they are united.
Johann von Schiller

Men’s hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only.
Thomas Carlyle

Most good relationships are built on mutual trust and respect.
Mona Sutphen

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
Rollo May

Where ever the spirit of Christ is known, there is much of good will, of mutual respect, of love and appreciation and kindness.
Gordon B. Hinckley

If people work together in an open way with porous boundaries – that is, if they listen to each other and really talk to each other – then they are bound to trade ideas that are mutual to each other and be influenced by each other. That mutual influence and open system of working creates collaboration.
Richard Thomas

It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.
John Joseph Powell

We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.
Thomas Moore

The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust.
Abraham Lincoln

When people honor each other, there is a trust established that leads to synergy, interdependence, and deep respect. Both parties make decisions and choices based on what is right, what is best, what is valued most highly.
Blaine Lee

When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.
Stephen R. Covey

 

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