Nothing We Do Will Be Perfect

To work for justice, religious liberals should let perfectionism go.

NANCY MCDONALD LADD 4/29/2019 SPRING 2019

Now is the time to resist the slightest extension in the boundaries of what is right and just. Now is the time to speak up and to wear as a badge of honor the opprobrium of bigots. Now is the time to confront the weak core at the heart of America’s addiction to optimism; it allows too little room for resilience, and too much for fragility.

—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi (The New Yorker, December 2, 2016)

‘This is not a game. We are not going to win.” Recently I heard myself saying those words to myself and leaders in the Racial Justice Task Force at the congregation I serve. Collectively, we are just about the best that the liberal church has to offer. Our racial justice leaders come from different backgrounds and different generations. We are learning and struggling at the intersections of class, race, gender, and ethnicity. We are multiracial (though still predominantly white), we are committed, and we are steadily advancing both in our own consciousness and our capacity to combat the injustice of the world. And still, even knowing that we are assembled and self-selected as the people called to bring one liberal church closer to living out its own values, we have to be reminded that the way forward sure isn’t straight. READ MORE HERE.

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