Letter From the Publisher April 2017
Mar 26, 2017 09:37AM
Kendra & Jacqueline, Co-Publishers
United we stand and divided we fall, and in that context, we are envisioning a world that works for everyone. Reverence for our shared humanity arises from understanding the wisdom of diversity and its contribution to our wholeness. Brilliant, colorful roles have shaped our progress as a species and as a nation, providing gifts to develop a global community based on both evidence and faith. History has made it clear that the evolution of sustainable ways and special resources for survival are the product of a melting pot of genius.
In the poignant documentary I Am Not Your Negro, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, director Raoul Peck honestly depicts the notion that blind perspectives and blatant judgment have been barriers to justice for generations. With strength and conviction, the film exudes resilience, that ineffable quality of adapting well to adversity and rising stronger in the aftermath. Baldwin’s call for each of us to witness intentionally and not remain silent evokes the thoughtful disruptions that build communities of revolution.
This month brings a wave of renewal and cautious anticipation as increasing amounts of light reflect our raw, scarred and magnificent beauty. The earth’s political soil has been tilled, and as the landscape has changed, the significance of coexistence is undergoing yet another humbling metamorphosis. Just as all gardens turn over with the shifts of each season, communities adapt, reorganize and restructure priorities in an ever-changing climate of needs. The strong influence of personal choice on community welfare is becoming clearer. Whether the effect is constructive collaboration or destructive and harmful depends largely on the motivating emotion. Judgment and fear tear down, and love builds up. There is precious work to do.
Unity is an ideal requiring consistently respectful leadership that encourages solutions from varied perspectives and welcomes new initiatives to resolve persistent challenges. Fortunately, many allied minds are shifting focus to vital grassroots activism for creating practical, positive change and noble interdependence.
Working together to save our lands, our oceans and our precious forests honors our most valuable, shared spaces. Hospitality is a choice and a blessing, where integrity shines through to offer unconditional acceptance of self and others. When our inner beliefs match outward actions and “the work before the work” is done, we offer our highest self and our original gifts to the world.
Roots run deep, intersect, and bridge generations and cultures. Our nature is to connect and grow, and our need right now is to remember that. Every choice can be a move to bless and affirm being together in peace.
~Jacqueline & Kendra, Co-Publishers