How Our Covenant Community Could Save the World: Feature Article in Meridian Magazine

My piece. My peace.

Click on these words and follow straight to my heart.

Hands Of Young People On Stack At Beach

Image: Meridian Magazine

I have never felt the need or desire to hide my religious feelings. My devotion to my faith has never been questioned by anyone who knows me. On the contrary. I am what they call “all in.”

I have, however, sometimes felt the need to hide my political feelings —but only since November, 20016, and significantly, only within my religious community, my beloved tribe. It ought no be so. It must not be so

So please, read. Share. Let’s talk openly, friends. I’d be thrilled if you left your thoughts.

10 thoughts on “How Our Covenant Community Could Save the World: Feature Article in Meridian Magazine

  1. Melissa this is such a beautifully written and well needed piece/peace. I understand your logic but for the first time in my voting life I find it very difficult to be OK with those who have different political views. I’m struggling to love those who seem to harbor so much hate for their fellow man. Instead of moving forward into a more unified and accepting society, we seem to be stepping back in time and I find that I now look at people with suspicion and this makes my heart hurt. It is especially difficult to engage with members who seem to have lost their Christianity.

    • Hearing you loud and clear, Deborah. I have had similar feelings. I’ve watched hatred quite literally balloon and overtake the sky, like a purplish-grayish impending storm. There are complex reasons *why* this is happening (the media have much to do with it, including the depersonalization of human interaction vis social media.) We are more “connected” but also more disconnected–isolated and estranged–than ever before, and folks say/believe/promote/disparage things on line that they never would face-to-face. Which is why I feel so strongly about getting to our spiritual roots: not judging, forgiving, serving one another, exercising and even “praying mightily” for the gift of charity.

      • I agree about the effects of social media whole-heartedly, but I think we also see those “anonymous” online thoughts translating over into real face-to-face situations today with all of the hateful things we have seen of late!

  2. Hi Melissa, a great article on point with about judgements. Especially in the areaa of politics. The political atmosphere is volatile I don’t think it started with this election. But with this one
    It just exploded everyone gave themselves permission to have a voice. ThAt its okay to say anything we have that right one major problem it’s with the an at you, i am.going to talk at you until.bend to me . An attitude i am right your wrong.
    Very frustrating when you want open an honest discussion.
    We as saints need to start this phase of the millennium for peace within our reglious community and expand outward..like you mentioned .. restarts with us defending the constitution and having our leaders as your word ethical .and be for the people. Sorry I needed say my piece. The media just has wayyyyyto much power. I noticed since Kennedy yes. But really came notable for me the first Bush try for second term election. With Clinton and on and on . I wrote enough.

  3. I so appreciate your perspective and insights on the subject of unity. I think your life experiences have opened that view to you more than to most people. It seems that we tend to get comfortable in our own little worlds and reaching out to others, or simply trying to understand them, can feel awkward so we just don’t do it. But the consequences from that along with the increase of hateful speech and actions of so many feels like a fast downward spiral!
    Thank you for doing your best to try to help us to do better.

    • And thank you for your time in reading and responding. We are indeed shaped by our experiences, and the broader and more diverse our experiences, the more we generally lean with curiosity rather than judgement into The New. So much to learn from so many different points of view! Thanks again, Mandy.

  4. Oh how I would love to openly discuss the state of our beloved Nation and not feel like I am alienating those with whom I have had, until November 2016, similar beliefs, values, and have made the same promises to the same loving, forgiving Father in Heaven. UGH!!! Living outside of the United States does open our eyes of acceptance and understanding. Living in, working in, and loving other cultures, people and places, affords us the ability to not view life singularly or myopically but rather expansive!

    • Kymalisa-

      I read a fascinating study only recently led by an leading expert in intercultural integration wherein she compared voting patterns of long time US foreign service employees or US corporate expatriates with the voting patterns of those who have never traveled off of the American continent, let alone resided for many years outside of North America. (She did not include members of the US military, as the military of all categories of foreign residents tends to integrate into foreign settings the least.) The results of her research were clear and not surprising to me. It is cultural curiosity and exposure — not formal education or income level, religious affiliation, geographic origins, ethnicity or any other descriptor — that affect political leanings.
      (And thank you for the term “expansive”. I prefer it over the loaded and problematic term “liberal.” We surely need new terms, don’t we?)

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