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Practice love. Speak truth.

The events that took place in Charlottesville last weekend make my heart ache for our country. The depth of this spiritual dis-ease pains me. We must stand up and raise the truth: We are one family, spiritual sister and brothers. Hate for some is hate for all. The only answer is justice and love. None of us are free until we are all free. None of us can know justice or love until we all do. Do not be lulled into non action. It is hard to be faced with this reality on such a regular basis, but we cannot allow it to become normalized.

We must continue to fight hate with love and speak truth to lies.

The stain of white supremacy is sunk deep into the fabric of our nation, and yet I know in my heart that the soul of America, its spiritual destiny, is to rise above. But what that requires is a great un-becoming for us white folk. A deep soul searching. An uncovering, discovering, and recovering of the truth of ourselves - the ways our whiteness brings privilege that we do not even see, leaving our brothers and sisters of color oppressed in its wake. We need not fear justice or love. God's path for us, albeit uncertain, is always bountiful so long as we have faith. We must throw off the veil of privilege and have faith that the fruits of courage, love, and justice are far greater than anything our human hearts could conceive of. I commit to a lifetime of understanding and untangling myself and my family from the comfort and complacency that comes with privilege. I commit to stand shoulder to shoulder with my brothers and sisters of color, to speak out against hate, and to take a stand for justice and love.

"The tensions, divisions, and injustices that currently beset America are symptoms of a longstanding illness. The nation is afflicted with a deep spiritual disorder, manifest in rampant materialism, widespread moral decay, and a deeply ingrained racial prejudice. As a result, millions of our fellow Americans, subject to systemic injustices in many facets of life, are prevented from making their full contributions to society and of partaking fully in its benefits. No one is immune to this disorder―we are all members of this society and to some degree suffer the effects of its maladies...

The resolution to these challenges lies in recognizing and embracing the truth at the heart of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation―the incontrovertible truth that humanity is one. Ignorance of this truth―which embodies the very spirit of the Age―is itself a form of oppression, for without it, it is impossible to build a truly just and peaceful world."

- excerpt from a letter from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the USA

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A message from Clarissa Pinkola Estes

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

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