Last year, we challenged ourselves to love like Jesus. This year, we’re taking the next step forward in this sacred mission by asking you to join us in challenging the world to love like Jesus.
Love is the great disruptor, and the world could use some compassionate disruption right now.
Reflect on how seemingly small events and minute shifts, sparked by deep and mysterious demonstrations of empathy, dignity, and strength, so often lead to significant progressive change. There’s an often-used phrase that comes to mind — that love is an action verb.
Love in action is something we’ve seen so many times.
In Rosa Parks not giving up her seat in 1955. In Princess Diana shaking the hand of a man living with AIDS in 1987. In a group of elders in Japan who remained on site to help during a nuclear power plant meltdown so that younger workers wouldn’t be exposed to radiation. In the one lifeboat that turned around to pick up the last few survivors of the Titanic. In the angels standing guard at Matthew Shepard’s funeral, and then so many funerals after that.
The change from these small acts of love isn’t always immediate. Sometimes, it moves slowly and falteringly. But these small acts are always enough to move someone else to act, too. And when multiplied on a massive scale, acts add up to entire movements.
This year, we challenge our beloved community to transition from introspection to human connection. To join the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta as we foster kindness that gets in your face; that participates. Join us as we “look for the helpers,” as Fred Rogers so aptly put it. Join us as we walk in the shoes of someone whose feet are hurting, and then amplify their need for help as our own pain’s cry. As we continue and repeat until others are listening and watching.
Participate in the joy of acting up. Grab the attention. Be radically empowered and radically empathetic. Take spirited action.Stand up and say something.Speak love.To quote Atlanta’s very own prophet, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — a powerful sentiment invoked by Bishop Michael Curry during the widely televised Royal Wedding — “We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world… Love is the only way.”
Help us speak up and challenge the world to love like Jesus did: Inconveniently. Rebelliously. Bravely. Exhaustively. Wholeheartedly. Relentlessly.