Being in community — especially a community committed to inclusion and diversity — can sometimes be challenging. Henri Nouwen, a spiritual teacher and activist, once wrote that community is “the place where the person you least want to live with always lives.”
Brueggemann, a Protestant Biblical scholar and theologian, stood for religion as providing a alternative narrative to forces of nationalism, militarism, and consumerism. While I do not share his Christian faith, I do share his basic commitment to the idea that in order to make change, we need counter-narratives to “this is how it is and how it always shall be.”
As the New Year begins, how can we use our imaginations to help create a world that is more livable, loving, just, and peaceful?