They don't give us much time off here, hence I have not gotten to the space as soon as I thought I would.
One of the topics the organizers of this event talk about is how anger can be a motivator for change in the community. I get it that we need to get our dander up about poverty and injustice, and many other things in our communities. But anger can also corrode the soul and destroy our perspective. My friend Bishop Steven Charleston posted this on his Facebook this morning, and it comes at a good time:
Anger is a weight that keeps the soul from flying. It grounds us to walk the all too familiar paths of passion. We lose the ability to listen but wait impatiently to spring our next words like a trap. We feel the fire in the belly of blame and see through its heat only a distorted image of the truth we used to share. Anger seeks to control, to dominate, to demand. God save us from its dead power. God free us from its heavy hand. Let our souls regain their flight, light in spirit, open in mind, gentle in word and deed, that we may see and love more clearly in the clean air of your mercy.