After the year 2020, many congregations find themselves wrestling with topics like racial justice, reconciliation and advocacy. Current events seem to want to polarize our nation and congregations. Yet congregations are not called to be places of division, but places of healing, love and reconciliation. Managing the gap between our current cultural divides and the values of our faith communities can feel daunting.
Valarie Kaur, author of See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, captures this tension perfectly as a minority Sikh American woman. She shares her own story of being a Sikh woman in post 9/11 America, when attacks against turbaned Sikhs, Muslims and Arabs skyrocketed. She talks about the policies and actions of our national leaders that allow injustice, while taking time to listen to the stories of the perpetrators. Her ability to seek justice, while holding compassion for those on all sides of the issues makes Kaur’s writing inspirational and poignant.
As a congregation wrestling with social justice issues, as well as a faith that values love, compassion and reconciliation, this book will serve to inspire an active faith that courageously steps over dividing lines and listens to the stories of all, while fighting for the rights of the least. This book can act as a guide and example for congregations to follow.