This month has been challenging globally, nationally, and locally. Like the number of flavors of ice cream available at Sebastian Joes, there are too many things to worry about to pick just one. And yet, instead of worrying, I’m thankful.
I’m thankful for the vision Linda Shelton had for an event to bring people together around the issue of voting rights.
I’m thankful for the United Methodist Women who stepped up to help with logistics.
I’m thankful for Katie Froehlich, who agreed to take on the voting rights event as part of her summer seminary internship at Lake Harriet.
I’m thankful for our staff, who responded with a “can-do” attitude as the scope of this event kept changing.
I’m thankful for the Southern Poverty Law Center and their ongoing work of education and advocacy.
I’m thankful for Rep. Keith Ellison, Attorney Pam Horowitz, and SPLC President Richard Cohen for sharing their insights and perspectives on tough topics.
I’m thankful for all of the community partners who worked together to co-sponsor with us:
- NAACP Minneapolis
- Umbra: Search African American History brought to you by University of Minnesota Libraries
- Friends of University of Minnesota Libraries
- Living Spirit UMC
- Minnesota UMC General Commission on Religion and Race
- Linden Hills UCC
- First Universalist UU
- Fulton Neighborhood Association
- League of Women Voters, MN
- New City Church
But mainly, I’m thankful for you. More than 60 of you showed up to volunteer and to welcome over 500 people to our church. You offered people who had never been here a warm welcome, a cold bottle of water, and a place to gather for learning and conversation.
You remind me that there are always more opportunities for hope than there are for worry, because our hope is in God.