After visiting Rwanda this summer and being immersed in a culture that knows so deeply to the core what division in a culture can do --- after spending hours of research on the Rwandan genocide and having many difficult conversations with people that don't look like me - after coming back to American culture and noticing how many things in our current culture run parallel to things that happened in Rwanda before the genocide, reading about the war on drugs and Brene Brown books ---- ---- even after all this, my eyes are still continuing to be opened.
I've learned so much and I am so grateful for the work of #bethebridge and the obedience of @latashamorrison and those who poured into her.
The importance of building bridges, having close relationships with people that don't share the same skin color, socio- economic status, life stage, or culture as yourself is un-paralleled. My life has been enriched by gathering around the table and doing life with a diverse group of people. Wisdom, empathy, and perspective have been gained. It's been hard, awkward, and uncomfortable at times but it has been good. God isn't calling us to comfort.
Having hard honest conversations in a safe place is worth it. Get curious about your feelings, the systems we work in and live under, your history, and the ideas you have been raised under. #bethebridge #ifrwanda2017 #dothework #iflead2017 #promotepeace #wewillremember #neveragain