Sanctuary: Welcoming Difference

How do we handle diversity and difference?  Do we unconsciously borrow the “melting pot” metaphor and assume that difference will be “melted down” into a sameness?  (And remembering that in American culture, some groups were never welcomed into the “melting pot”...

Is There Room at the Table for … Fascists?

Our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will explore the limits of tolerance and the value of boundaries in creating genuine inclusiveness, whether it’s in a community, a family, or an organization like ours. Music most Sundays by Lindsey...

To Be Human Is to Belong

Our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will get the fall season of Platform meetings off to a good start with this consideration on what it means to be part of an inclusive community, both locally and in the world.

Resisting Divide and Conquer

We value difference and yet difference can be used as a tool to divide. From the beginnings of this country’s history — and before that, of course, in other parts of the world — “divide and conquer” was a strategy of the powerful to keep others from challenging their...

Building the Beloved Community

What would our world be like if we — individuals and groups — could relate to each other with compassion, respecting the worth and dignity of all, recognize our interconnectedness? Instead, too often we live in a world of divisions, suspicions, and fear. The phrase...

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