This morning I headed to Harlem Riverside Church to hear Rev. William Barber speak at a discussion regarding the topics in his new book called 'The Third Reconstruction' - which describes the journey of a justice movement he has been leading out of North Carolina. I first heard him speaking on @wnyc & was compelled by his message of a radical return to the core values of faith by caring for the poor, standing up against inequality & passionately continuing the work of Martin Luther King to fight for justice and 'community over chaos'.
His words today were inspiring,challenging&illuminating.. especially in times where there is much religious hypocrisy& misplacement of values which only serves to induce more fear& less of the teachings which could truly unite& heal our world. I've started reading his book today, feel free to join with me if you have a heart for this stuff.
Here is a quote of his that really stuck with me : 'As much as the human being is a political animal, I know that each of us is also a spiritual being. We have learned in our work in North Carolina that, whatever religious traditions, we cannot come together to work for the common good by ignoring our deepest values. Rather we grow stronger in our work together as we embrace those things we most deeply believe, standing together where or values unite us & learning to respect one another where our traditions differ. We cannot let narrow religious forces hijack our moral vocabulary, forces who speak loudly about things God says little about while saying so little about issues that are at the heart of all our religious traditions: truth, justice, love and mercy. The movement we have witnessed - the movement we most need - is a moral movement'.
-Rev. William Barber