“Gratitude flows from the recognition that who we are and what we have are gifts to be received and shared.” —Henri Nouwen, A Spirituality of Fundraising
The peace of Christ begins on a personal level. And so our approach to building a grassroots support network will, similarly, be on a relational level as well. Political healing is not something that needs to happen “out there.” It can only begin when we begin to drop our illusions of what we think America is or could be, and accept the call to love our neighbor as ourselves.
As we think about how to build community and deepen contemplation, we hope to create new immersive experiences with a variety of partners that will in turn help us create compelling new work depicting how the peace of Christ can remake politics.
The peace of Christ means that we do not enter politics primarily for the sake of achieving a policy goal, but rather as an opportunity to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Our objective through Volume One’s theme of Refuge: advocating for refugees, the displaced, and marginalized, is to demonstrate how the peace of Christ can heal political communication—including both our mindsets and the specific words we choose to relate those mindsets to others.