Prior to the last presidential election I had a career path in mind. It involved helping people recover from trauma — specifically from the trauma of overly-restrictive religious practices. I’d written a book. I was getting ready to go tour. I was focused.
Then On November 8th, I sat with my husband and thousands of strangers in a ballroom at the Westin and watched as something terrible gained power.
In the weeks that followed I’ve tried to get back on to what would seem to be the “practical” path.
Promote the book you worked so hard to birth. Get back on the career bandwagon. Pick up where you left off.
But I have to do it differently now. I have to take a new tact.
It makes no sense, career-wise, for me to start writing something new. To step into something so charged and so difficult.
But we go where we’re called. We heed the Voice. We step into our strength.
So friends, what I want to tell you is this:
Becoming Religish and Becoming the Resistance requires the same set of skills.
Discern if your call is to reform from within, or support the rebels without.
Leave debate behind and engage in dialogue so hearts and minds can be changed.
Accept mystery as part of the process.
Divest from institutions that are not in alignment with your core values.
Reconstruct a life in alignment with Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness and Self-Control.
These were the actions of our Religish life.
Now they are the actions of our Religish Resistance.
We need to do them step by step. We need to build the capacity and the resilience to keep going. We need to learn how to resist, rest, repeat until it is a deeply known muscle memory.
So I’m writing something new — Religish Resistance :: Soulcare and worldcare in an age of defiance.
It will start here, on this email list and on the blog. It will go and grow from there.
I hope you’ll join me.
I’ll hope you share.
But most of all, I hope you’ll #getonyourboots.
I’ll see you tomorrow with the first installment.
With Warmth and Fire,
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