A persistent and provocative question has been worrying at the back of Rev. Jessica Steward’s mind for her entire life: How do we remake the world into a place where everyone who has felt excluded, left out, or othered—anyone who thinks a little different, sees the beauty of the world in a different way, or who has never quite fit in—are not only welcomed but celebrated?
It was only in February 2016 that the answer finally began to reveal itself to her. During a sermon that Rev. Steward delivered at The Portland New Church in Portland, Maine, she asked the congregation this question: How do we overcome the casual indifference, outright fear-mongering, and senseless barbarism of our world in order to not only reshape it but fall back in love with it?
Her proposal is both simple yet difficult. We must commit to a deliberate act of revolution, through kindness, that is focused on our redemption as a people and a planet. We do this by creating engaged, accountable, and loving communities committed to deliberately bringing more understanding, love, compassion, advocacy, and healing to our global society.
And that’s where you come in…