Dear Friends Who Are Female, Black, Latinx, Asian, African, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer, Non-Binary, Non-Conforming, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, Agnostic, Disabled, Chronically-Ill, Poor, Immigrant, and Anyone Else Who Is Hurt by the Trump vote and Will Be Marginalized by the Trump Administration.   Leave a comment

I see you. I hear you. I love you dearly. I know that you have felt the hurt of this election far more than I and that you will continue to bear its horrible consequences in a far greater way than I and my family will. I can only imagine what it feels like to you; my imagination of that begins with events like 9/11, Charleston AME Church, and Pulse Orlando. My heart breaks for you, and for our nation and our world. I believe that God’s heart is broken too.

I want to express my solidarity with you, and my pledge to stand with you for the next four years and more, my pledge to use my small voice to do whatever I can to protect your rights, your dignity, and your safety.

I want to be here for you in any way I can. If I can be a listening ear or a comforting voice, please call me, text me, write me.

I lament that our society privileges me as a straight white cisgender Christian male over you, but I offer that privilege in your name to work towards the day it no longer matters.

I offer myself as a religious, because I believe the work of justice and equality is an essential part of vowed religious life and the work of Jesus in the world.

I offer my hands for the handcuffs, my back for the batons.

I offer all these things in non-violence: I will not hold a weapon or harm another, and while I see it as a struggle, I will not use the language of war to describe it.

My faith and Rule of Life demand that I love the people who voted for Trump, and even Donald Trump himself, and I pledge to do so, but at the same time I will make no peace with the oppression they have put forth, the wrongness of what they have done.

As I have done in the past, I will make mistakes. I will occasionally use the wrong terms, man-splain, straight-splain, white-splain, or other-splain, and I ask for your patience and your gentle correction when I do; and I will understand if you are not patient or gentle. I will make every effort to minimize my mistakes; I am learning from you every day.

I do not imagine myself as your savior—just your Brother. I cannot change the system, but I will stand with you in it in whatever way I can. I remain

Yours in love, peace, and solidarity,

Brother Scott Michael

Posted 10 November 2016 by Br. Scott Michael Pomerenk, BSG in Uncategorized

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