Sunday, March 27, 2011

make room for hope

This is something like the 12th year that Arkon and I have created the annual report for a non-profit organization devoted to expanding affordable housing opportunities in our area. My work week ended on a conversation with Pastor Casey Kimbrough of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church where we discussed the 'Not In My Backyard' arguments against affordable housing. Over the weekend it has occurred to me that our deepest societal struggles are, at heart, faith issues: poverty, hunger, homelessness, illiteracy, racism, loneliness. The answers can only be excavated person by person, heart by heart, attitude by attitude, action by action. Great, lasting change may not happen in this generation or even this life, but thinking, caring and small acts are a start. And allowing plenty of room for hope.
(van Gogh's Room at Arles by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. Musee d' Orsay, Paris)

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