As a community committed to our seven principles, we stand against tyranny and for free and fair elections- and what a day yesterday was to highlight both these truths. The violence and loss of life in our nation’s capital, these are unspeakable tragedies and my heart aches as I am sure yours does too. And this violence and terror was sandwiched by the reality that Georgia accomplished a free and fair run-off election. Through the service of its dedicated election officials, poll workers and the incredible collaborations of communities of color registering and getting out the vote, their election went as planned- with no disruptions or irregularities. And the results were clear- the people spoke and elected representation that reflects who they already are, a diverse community seeking justice for all. And then, an additional glimmer of hope from the Senate floor last evening as the body moved forward to certify and ensure the peaceful transfer of power. What a day indeed! Exhilarating, exhausting and one in which I have cried a dozen times.
Our democracy is both fragile and resilient and it is worth protecting and restoring. It is clear that we have a lot of work to do to repair our relations with one another. The glimmer of democracy emerging is heartening, but that it took an attack in the halls of our capitol to cut through the rhetoric and vitriol is disturbing. Thoughts and prayers will not suffice to heal these wounds- we need real action that restores the rule of law and respects the peaceful transfer of power. In other words, we need people like us, faithful folks committed to democracy, love and justice to show up and act to create the world we know is possible. How perfect in some ways then that our theme this month is imagination, that powerful space of creativity from which our boldest, bravest and most audacious of dreams emerge. Looks like we are gonna need it for the road ahead. I can’t think of a better group of folx to embark on that journey with than you all.