Monday, October 18, 2021

Is hope a super power?

One of the sources for the living tradition of Unitarian Universalism is the "words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love."

Krista Tippet and Bryan Stevenson are two  of these prophetic women and men.

From Krista Tippet's interview with Bryan Stevenson 

So now let’s turn briefly to the wisdom Bryan Stevenson teaches

that hope is our superpower, but the first step in developing

that is very close to home. It’s about getting proximate. And the question

to live here is where you will direct your curiosity and care.

And remember that getting yourself up closer — and that is physically, perhaps;

also, certainly, mentally, spiritually — getting yourself up closer to

new people and places, to questions and possibilities and insights you

couldn’t have seen before, that is the first part of the work. That comes

before setting an action plan. 

Consider these words of Bryan Stevenson: “You should not underestimate

the power you have to affirm the humanity and dignity of the people who

are around you. And when you do that, they will teach you

something about what you need to learn about human dignity,

but also what you can do to be a change agent.”

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