In her book, Sign My Name to Freedom, Betty Reid Soskin writes, “After some months of sitting with my own thoughts alone, my blog began to slowly become the mechanism by which I could hold conversations with myself as I processed life.”
I mentioned Betty in this blog because we will have the honor of having her among us on Sunday. She seemed the perfect speaker for our worship service this week. Because she was once a board member at our beloved Community, also in a time of great societal upheaval, because she still speaks to an audience each week and is not afraid to challenge them to take on new issues such as changing definitions around gender identity, because she knows the value of transforming community and because she is a person who follows the dictate to “pass Life Through the Fire of Thought.”
I look forward to us gathering to hear her after breakfast where we consider the progress and the needs of this Beloved Community. We enter into this conversation in a world still in turmoil as it has been for our last several springs. Many of us are tired and some of us are discouraged. I continue to believe that we are better together. I will continue to invest in this community and have made my choices to do so. I hope you will join me.
I close my ruminations this week with words from the final pages of Betty’s book:
“Perhaps my value and marketability as a writer will lie in the fact that mine may be a relatively unheard voice. Maybe it’s one of the voices of the future, a forerunner of a Nation forced to write new rules conduct to cover a country going ‘beige,’ with new guidelines created to maintain white superiority in a nation where skin color or lack thereof is fast losing power to control governance. … The young know. And just as that remarkable group of socially venturesome intellectuals and spiritual gurus of the late 70s and early 80s arrived in the greater Bay Area in large enough numbers to establish the Human Potential Movement in the wake of the Free Speech Movement and the Freedom Summer of the explosive 1960s, there is now critical map of mass of youth doing the same for racial equality and the environmental and criminal justice in this new millennium. It’s the magic of the self-fulfilling prophecy.”