Eye on the world: Healing a nation

In “After election, faith leaders seek spaces for healingThe Christian Science Monitor reports that as “part of a traditional post-election ritual of American democracy: a call for the country to step back from the partisan vitriol and demand the peaceful transition of power,” people from different faiths and congregations are coming together to heal the tears left by a divisive campaign season. “Throughout this week, both before and after the election of Mr. Trump as the nation’s 45th president, a number of faith leaders across the country had been planning services of healing and reconciliation, most citing the depth of the rancor and bitterness that had characterized much of the election.” This timely Monitor story highlights the need for healing, because while “protests continue to erupt, and despite the rituals of unity, some of the deep tensions within the campaign season have hardly begun to abate.” Every individual, not just political leaders, must seek to heal any rift in his or her experience by reaching across the divide and advocating for the civility and unity that characterizes the true fiber of a nation.

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