Once again I’m happy to join others in We Are the World Blogfest – promoting positive news on the last Friday of each month, and, in our sharing, increasing the light quotient in the world.
Our special lead co-hosts for this month are Emerald Barnes, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Peter Nena, and Roshan Radhakrishnan. You can participate by signing up here, and I encourage you to check out the other bloggers posting as well.
I want to share this inspiring story about a small town in Georgia that’s welcomes 1500 refugees a year and models what it is to meet people with compassion. They’ve been doing it for 25 years. Despite the challenges of poverty in their own community and sometimes hostility from outside. You can read about it here.
I find this so encouraging. While I believe we all can contribute and make a difference in significant ways individually, I think our ability and willingness to act collectively is important.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this admonishment from John Hume:
“Difference is the essence of humanity. Difference is an accident of birth and it should therefore never be the source of hatred or conflict. The answer to difference is to respect it. Therein lies a most fundamental principle of peace: respect for diversity.”
Respect for diversity IS truly foundational for peace, and may we all, individually and collectively find our way to this understanding. We can’t afford to wait.