By: Todd Grotenhuis
Note: Article originally published on Todd's blog, Groten Stuff.
On Earth Day, you are probably going to be overwhelmed with advice on how to save the planet. You’ll hear things like:
These are fine suggestions. They help to limit our negative impact, and perhaps more importantly, they help us train ourselves to be mindful of our choices.
Now, some more adventurous sources will have suggestions like:
By: Sarah Thompson
Note: article originally published at theMennonite.org
“If you see something, say something.” This line comes to us out of post-9/11 security culture.
In places where people normally moved around freely, met one another and perhaps made an unexpected connection, a culture of suspicion took hold. God forbid someone asks you to watch their bags while they walk with their child to look out the airport windows. Feel your blood pressure spike as someone puts their backpack down to run to the water fountain. I’ve seen security called in cases like this. Before you know it, police reports are being filed by witnesses, countless hours and money wasted, people feeling frustrated because their bag was considered “unattended,” and they have to jump through hoops to get it back.
What we see as suspicious is filtered through what we perceive as familiar and comfortable, versus what is not.
“If you see something say something” can also be turned on its head for those of us who are members of the upside-down kin-dom of God. Building on Philippians 4:8, when we see something beautiful or honorable, we should say something too.
I see much to affirm in my travels with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). Our mission to build partnerships to transform violence and oppression leads us to collaborate with those who might be considered suspicious. Getting to know new places and new people in order to work to transform situations of violence and address oppression is a benefit of nonviolence work; we learn to see and say in new ways.
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