Hey, I know it’s been a while since I posted here, but I promise I’ve got some stuff in the works. In the meantime, here’s the latest post I wrote for the Habitat Interfaith Build blog-
We cannot stop.
We have worked hard, and accomplished something great. The homes we built last year are a testament to the beauty of diversity, the sanctity of humanity, and the unfathomable, infinitely delightful, and irrefutable worth of our efforts when we come together for the good of one another.
At the same time, the world in which we performed that work has fractured. The fear-borne divisiveness of our society has reached extreme highs, and the importance of our efforts to build community has subsequently skyrocketed.
Now, more than ever, we need people to start coming together in humility.
Now, more than ever, we need to be willing, able, and eager to learn from one another, and to serve one another.
Now, more than ever, our work is at its beginning.
That is not to say that the work we’ve already done is null and void, by any means. On the contrary, what we’ve managed to accomplish so far shows us just how significant that work is. It shows us how effective and meaningful this type of service is in combatting the trouble that seems to surround us in ever-increasing magnitude.
And yet there is so much yet to do, so much yet to begin fully. When we consider that the entirety of humanity suffers or thrives as one, that the Image of God exists in the unity of all people, we have no course of action but to come together in action. We are compelled to begin the restorative work of service. And this service is not merely done for those we serve, nor for our own pride. We serve one another for the greater good of every single one of us.
The artist Lilla Watson once said, “If you have come to help, then you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
If there is one thing Habitat is good at, it is “working together.” The journey we embark on with each and every homeowner is a testament to the value of cooperation, human dignity, and the potential within all of us to build great things together. We emphasize that what we do is a “hand up,” not a “handout.” The work done at these Interfaith Builds especially, brings all people of different backgrounds together, to walk alongside a homeowner in the incredible work they do. It is not the work of some, presented as a gift to others. It is an act of supreme equality and togetherness. It is the efforts of many, for the good of many.
And it is as hard as it sounds. The efforts of many (as you may have already guessed) cannot be done alone. In order to make these builds possible, we need the support of many different faith groups, coming together for one cause. Currently, we are striving to attain the funding necessary for this year’s Interfaith Build. It does not happen overnight, and it does not come easily, but we invest in it persistently. We commit to this work, because we trust that accomplishing it together is glorious. We commit to this work, knowing that despite our diverse religious backgrounds, our religious conviction to serve and to love one another can still unite us. We commit to this work because it is worth every bead of sweat, every dollar spent, and every difficult moment, to see this work done.
So let us work together, all of us. Let us work together to show love and kindness to our fellow human. Let us work together to become better people together, and heal our hurting world. Let us work together to build homes for families, hope for tomorrow, and community for everybody.
Peace, Salaam, Shalom.
Ps- If you are interested in supporting this year’s Interfaith Build financially, or getting your faith community involved, please contact Joel Reichenbach. You can call him at 317.777.6070, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org