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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Dear Friends,

With our nation in our hearts, we are watching the events of this day unfold. For those who see the exercise of the democratic process as a sacred act, this is a day filled with both hope and horror. The sight of damage to the chambers of the highest lawmakers in our land in acts fueled by those who would incite violence is indeed disturbing.   We can, at this time, remember the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whose presence has been evoked so much in the historical resonances of these last days.  He said, “Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.” As we all continue to work for the restoration of order in our nation, know that reaching out to one another is an important part of enduring all of this.

With the isolation of holidays just days behind us, exhausted by many years of fear and chaos, and burdened by a vast collective grief that still goes unacknowledged across our nation, the events of today can feel overwhelming. Let us remind ourselves that we are part of a tradition that honors the democratic process as well as the pursuit of truth and let us seek solace with one another.

And as this 2021 continues to unroll, may we be restored to a more peaceful, just, and loving world.

Take good care,
Leslie

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