It has been a long and tumultuous Presidential campaign. We now have a President Elect.
To those who feel forgotten by the system, the global economy, and a fast-paced / ever-changing technological world; I am with you.
To the women of this country and the world; I am with you.
To my LGBTQ+ family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, fellow citizens and their families; I am with you.
To my family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and fellow citizens who are people of color; I am with you.
To those who came to this land simply seeking a better life for themselves and their loved ones, or are displaced throughout the world for a variety of reasons often outside of their control; I am with you.
To those who are differently-abled than I am; and/or struggle with their health; finances regarding their health; access to medicine and care; I am with you.
To those who struggle with poverty, homelessness, hunger, and underemployment; I am with you.
To those whose neighborhoods are full of fear, crime, violence and senseless death; I am with you.
To those who believe, pray and encounter the Divine differently than I do, or do not practice a faith at all; I am with you.
I will oppose the hate-filled rhetoric, actions and policies that blame, degrade, divide and discriminate against our shared humanity.
I will call upon our elected leaders in all levels of government as well as my fellow citizens to promote a renewed sense of community and the betterment of our society inclusive of all its people.
I will encourage people of faith to model love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generoisty, faithfulness, thoughfulness and self-control.
I will keep teaching my children to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with thier God, and I will pick them back up when others push them around and knock them down.
I will be watching, listening and engaging. Closer than ever.