That’s a phrase that I’ve heard a different times in my life. Sometimes its been the actual phrase – say at a university rally about Fair Trade vs. Free Trade. Sometimes its been articulated differently – listening to a young woman in Mexico explain that the best thing we could do to help her build workers’ rights there was to work to bring justice to the unskilled labourers in Canada.
But today, off and on, the phrase has been popping into my head… juxtaposed with images:
– of the London survivors & response teams to the bombs;
– of the peaceful / violent protests of the G8 summit;
– of the communities in Nigeria with whom SMUC has shared its financial resources – supporting the building of over 20 safer-water wells;
– of the teens I have the honour of knowing and supporting as they work to figure out their place in this changing world and how they’re going to make a change in it)…
and I wonder.
In reaction to the tragedy today, I’ve heard and read a number of comment about how we gets on the bandwagon when tragedy happens here (a “developed” nation) – but doesn’t do much more than mention a bomb going off in Darfour… or the number of people who died in sub-Saharan Africa today… or… etc. There’s seems to be an implicit blame being put on whomever is reading or listening, something like “you’re not doing enough”.
Funny, though… it doesn’t seem to be “we’re not doing enough”.
So, mes amis, I’d appreciate your help.
The challenge… name five things you can do from where you are, right now, that will make a positive difference (however slight it may seem) to this hurting world. Post them on your blog and trackback to this post, or post them in the comments section
This is an invitation to people of any and all political stripe, faith understanding, race, continent, etc.
Perhaps someone reading will decide to live out one of the shared ideas.
– Become an active part of the United Church of Canada’s urgent action network, sharing information & writing letters expressing concern;
– Give financial support to SMUC’s “Very Important Pit” sanitation septic installation project as requested by the hospital in Abiacouda, Nigeria;
– Go to the Islamic community’s resource centre and ask them if they would be willing to help me learn about Islam;
– Donate to a college and a university, specifially to a grant program for students in financial need;
– Over the course of the next year, invite for coffee and really get to know at least one person in my community that I don’t know, each month;
– Each day, intentionally pray for Divine peace and Wisdom to enfold a specific individual or group.
Ok… that’s what I’ve come up with.
Your turn…. and remember, “Think Global. Act Local.”
Update: I posted some similar thoughts in the forum at United Online. Some of the members there have some thought provoking ideas.
Update: I was asked to, and posted, some similar thoughts in the forum at the United Church of Canada’s Stewardship Network.