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Published on May 16th, 2017 by Webminister | 0

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Thin Hope

I haven’t blogged for a while.  I’ve been away; I’ve been sick.  And I’ve been discouraged.

It’s tough for people engaged in justice work to keep a sense of hope.  Or rather, speaking personally, the last few months have been challenging for me; and there have been times in my life when hope seemed an elusive dream.  As the musical group West My Friend sings, “We live on thin hope, thin hope.”  My sense of hope feels especially thin these days.

Where do I find hope?  I’ve been thinking about this.

I DO TAKE HOPE from my recent participation in the Inspire conference held at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church in late April.  I was one of the older participants in the Contemplative Justice stream of this conference and I take hope that younger people are taking up the call to live justice arising out of contemplative practices and community.

I DO TAKE HOPE from the likes of Joanna Macy, who has written about hope.  Her latest work is around the Great Turning and involves 1) taking actions to slow the damage to the earth and its beings, 2) engaging in analysis of structural causes of climate damage and seeking to create structural alternatives, and 3) shifting our consciousness.  See her work at www.joannamacy.net.

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