Chapel Newsletter Editorial
C H A P E L N E W S
“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are anger and courage. Anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” Saint Augustine of Hippo
“There is no such thing as an acceptable level of unemployment, because hunger is not acceptable, poverty is not acceptable, poor health is not acceptable, and a ruined life is not acceptable.” Hubert Humphrey, U.S. Vice President, U.S. Senator from MN
This summer, there have been numerous reflections on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Martin Luther King’s role in fighting for racial and economic justice. Many have noted how far we have come since 1963—and how far we have yet to go to reach equity. The statistics on the racial achievement gap in education, on the percentage of black men in prison, and on the widening gap between the rich and poor are dismal. These issues do and will affect each of us and our communities, our world, and our futures.
I recently returned from a faith-based community organizing training where I was inspired by the work of the organization and by the stories of the individuals involved. Each of those people was learning how to make change in their own communities over the long haul. Though we sometimes feel separated from issues of poverty and injustice at Carleton, we too can make a difference in the community here and build the skills to make change in the future. We can gain relevant knowledge and abilities, learn to work with people very different from ourselves, and get involved locally and more broadly.
Poverty and injustice are moral and religious issues that call us into public action. Augustine, Humphrey, and King saw the ills of the world, knew that a better world was possible, and insisted that all people who prize the principles of justice and equality must work for change. Join us as we seek ways to do this now and in the future.
In faith and hope,