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The Power of We: An Anti-Terrorist Weapon

“If you could wave a magic wand and change anything about your community in the next year, what would you change?”  This is the question we ask as a part of our initial asset mapping of our Hillside community.  I guess I should not be surprised to find that 100% of the individuals asked this question have responded “make the community safer.”  As I shared in 3 Weeks, 3 Shootings, 3 Dead, our Hillside community started off the year with an unprecedented level of bloodshed.

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Are You A Contemplative Activist?

I want to thank everyone who responded to my post, “Why Don’t More Christians Respond to the Needs of Those on the Margins?” I think we would all agree that a desire to respond to the needs of others grows out of some kind of relationship.   I would like to delve a little deeper into the responses so far and see where it might lead us.

My co-worker Qasarah helped me gain the greatest insight into this question this week.  She asked, “What is in it for me?”  Whether we admit it or not, we all ask this question when presented with new opportunities.  We are all driven by inner motivations, some conscious and some not.  As Qasarah and I probed deeper into her question, we came to the conclusion that only those who are motivated by a desire for personal or spiritual growth enter into these types of relationships and are able to sustain these relationships for the long haul.  Any other motives, such as a desire to “make a difference”, “win people to Christ”, “obey God”, “feel good about one’s self” all break down rather quickly in the face of the hard realities of true authentic friendship.  However, it is those who enter into relationships with a desire to learn from their new friends who are able to navigate through the tough times.

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