To say these are challenging times is an understatement. And to say that people are more contentious, frustrated, angry, and fearful than ever also is an understatement. The pandemic. Systemic racism. The economy. The election.
We are divided on so many issues and so many levels. How can we have constructive conversations about the many issues facing us today? As the old question goes, do you want to be right, or do you want to be in relationship?
Even if such conversations frighten you and you feel ill-qualified to initiate them, I urge you not to hold back. Do take the risk. It seems to be the only way we can heal all the rifts between and among us right now. We simply have to talk. We have to find our way back together. We want to discover our best selves and create better days ahead.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Sonia Solomonson. Read it for her tips for healthy conversation. Today we remember Elizabeth of Hungary, renewer of society, who died in 1231.