Positive peace

“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens’ Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from Birmingham Jail

What peace to you work toward?

On Tuesday…

“Many and varied are the interpretations dealing with the teachings and life of Jesus of Nazareth. But few of these interpretations deal with what the teachings and the life of Jesus have to say to those who stand, at a moment in human history, with their backs against the wall.” ~ Howard Thurman, Jesus and the disinherited

How does Jesus give hope and relief with the back against the wall?

Stir up peace

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What responsibility will take you one step further?

Who are the prophets

“Who are the prophets? They are royal people, who penetrate mystery and see with the spirit’s eyes. In illuminating darkness they speak out. They are living, penetrating clarity. They are a blossom blooming only on the shoot that is rooted in the flood of light.” ~ Gabriele Uhlein OSF, Meditations with Hildegard of Bingen

Sunlit path

“This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism… Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr., I have a dream

Where does the sunlit path lead you?

Spider web

“This whole endeavor of making a web requires a deep commitment to innovation and flexibility. The end result and process … are characterized by a capacity to adapt to shifting contours, ever changing environments, and unexpected intrusions. A web, therefore, can never be thought of as permanent, fixed, or rigid. The spider’s genius lies in its ability to adapt, reshape, and remake its web of connections within the realities presented in a given space.” ~ John Paul Lederach, The Moral Imagination

What is your web of relationships that helps you adapt and reshape?