A heart for community

It's natural to care deeply about community. Real love for family extends to neighbors—and overflows for the whole of society. This occasional column tells how a spiritual perspective has been helping Sentinel readers help others and make a contribution to healing some of the collective challenges facing communities today.

A friend invited me to a special program in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a new experience for me. For many years I had lived where I rarely came in contact with other races but had recently moved to a multiracial neighborhood. I had been feeling disoriented and even fearful of some of the people I saw every day in my neighborhood. And now I felt a little strange sitting in this audience.

But I was impressed by the deeply religious tone of the program. It confirmed that there are many others with an innate conviction that trust in God can lead to the healing of racism.

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