Do good, not harm.
Religious indifference is harm. Religious passivity is harm. Civil conversation in the name of peacekeeping is harm. Conversation without action is harm. What-about-ism grounded in defensiveness is harm. Trying to ‘win’ by de-centering historically marginalized voices is harm.
Unqualified compassion is good. Unqualified generosity is good. Hard conversation in the name of peacemaking is good. Conversation followed by action is good. Compassionate and hospitable listening resulting in honest self-reflection is good. Trying to create mutual partnership and collaborations that center historically marginalized voices is good.
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In Myanmar, the police have indiscriminately shooting protesters in the head in an effort to silence demonstrations. Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng, pictured here, put herself between the protesters and police by kneeling in humble presence pleading with them to stop their violence. Two officers fell to their knees and joined her.
*Photo and Narrative credit: Mike Frost