Communities Preparing for Post-Election Dialogue

Our friends at Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM) released a helpful newsletter today, titled: "How Do Communities of Faith Respond After Election Day?"

We think it is a great resource for both faith and secular communities who are asking the question of how the spiritual life, beliefs, and values of individuals intersect with the creation of a healthy community and ultimately a healthy democracy. 

There is no doubt in our minds that following today's election, there is a deep hunger in the United States of America for a kind of dialogue that nurtures connection and relationship. We hope that all of you leading, ministering, and engaging in communities will think about how you can bring such an approach to conversation into your lives and work more fully.

CMM's newsletter highlights four core themes that are central to nurturing a dialogue across difference, particularly following an event as anticipated, divisive, and emotionally charged as this 2016 Presidential Election in the United States has been. The themes are:

  1. Grieving and Lamentation
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Hope
  4. Courage

As you contemplate these themes and the ways that you intend to be in conversation moving forward, consider this wisdom from Dr. Harriet Lerner, shared in The Dance of Anger:

It is not fear that stops you from doing the brave and true thing in your daily life. Rather, the problem is avoidance. You want to feel comfortable so you avoid doing or saying the thing that will evoke fear and other difficult emotions. Avoidance will make you feel less vulnerable in the short run, but it will never make you less afraid.

CMM is the greater Boston area's oldest interfaith social justice network. Founded in 1966 by faith communities to address poverty, housing, and racial justice in Boston and to link urban and suburban congregations in just, transformative partnerships, CMM has tackled the most pressing issues facing our communities for almost 50 years, working to build Dr. King's vision of Beloved Community for all citizens.