We are undoubtedly living in a time when we are all, as a collective, being called into greater levels of integrity. Technology and social media have a new ability to call out attention to injustices and aspects of our culture that are in desperate need of healing.
When a culture is going through a healing that involves a long and painful history, such as the history of patriarchy and sexual harassment/assault or the history of race-based discrimination and violence, we must remember to care for it in the same way we would care for any other kind of wound, also knowing it takes time and constant attention. Let’s be real: These wounds are deep.
Calling attention to our wounds and to the injustices we are experiencing brings the whole back into integrity with our values as a nation for equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In order to come back into integrity with those values, we must be brave enough to understand the ways we’ve fallen out of it, and continually call out and courageously speak to the ways in which we’ve totally fallen out of alignment with these values.
Yet I wonder, can we do so, and still keep each individuals’ wholeness intact? Can we, in our minds and in our bodies, stay true to the wholeness of each and every individual, including ourselves, as our society heals from our personal and collective histories? Can the wholeness of each and every individual, no matter what we’ve done or what they’ve done, stay at the center?
Can those who are being called out be called in?
Being called in allows one’s wholeness to stay intact, so that behavior can be distinguished from personhood, so that demonization can turn to humanization, so that even those who created pain can become a part of healing it.
Rev. Masando Hiraoka
Mi High Church, Lakewood
Jefferson County Faith Leaders Table