Let the Water Come: a response to anti-semitism in Indiana

Hate, get out of Indiana, leave the United States, and flee the land of native people. This land is not your refuge. Depart, and do not return.

Love, come into this state and country and wash over this broken land like water.

Find the path through the deep, gaping wounds of the souls that inhabit this land. 

Send drops of dew to water the dry, thirsty roots of destruction.

Carve the conscience of the community.

Weave rivers of life throughout this culture.

Freeze into the tiny cracks, bust open the hidden pathways of denial, and bring to the surface what has been unseen for too long.

Let each molecule work together, moving individually in hearts, yet collectively pushing toward a watershed of restoration, resilience, and peacemaking for local, regional, and national communities.

Permeate the pathways we walk with perspective.

Let your rain fall on the ground, planted with fears, disappointments, and bias, but tweak your ions so that the bonds of racism and discord are dissolved. 

Evaporate envy and grow in its place the healthy virtue of kindness. 

Shift your chemical solution toward the growth of patience for all foundations to have your safety, and saturate the sky with just enough of your molecules, to bring respite to communities in need of the most healing. 

As the sun dries the porous spaces, filling them with light, bring them what they need to mend from the inside out, to be restored and made new.

As the country wakes each morning and takes its first breath, cover the fear of others as you saturate the earth in the mornings with fog, so its people are renewed with a recognition that their neighbors are also breathing in a first breath of fog kissed air, whisking fear away, replaced with realization of unity and common purpose.

Kiss every inhabitant of this land with your grace as the sun hits their forehead and your state is changed from liquid to atmospheric form, remind them that so too can they alter their perspective.

Fill the land, from sea to shining sea, with waves of energy, demonstrating that they can accomplish what the Spirit has designed for them, as demonstrated in your power to conquer fear.

7/29/18

Let the Water Come: a response to anti-semitism in Indiana

By Sarah M. Goss 

Update: Link to Indy Star Article: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2018/07/29/carmel-synagogue-tagged-anti-semitic-graffiti/858786002/

Link to story from community member and affected synagogue: https://www.facebook.com/624276832/posts/10156836625546833/51CBD0D7-B678-47C3-87D8-96FF2A679683

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  • Volunteer Social Media Manager – IUPUI Lugar Center for Renewable Energy(August 2015-Present)
  • Volunteer Educator – Discovering the Science of the Environment(January- August 2015)
  • Climate Reality Speaker’s Network
  • Citizen’s Climate Lobby Presenter
  • Notetaker – National Council for Science and the Environment – 2012, 2014
  • Director of Education and Outreach, GoGreen! IUPUI!, 2010
  • IUPUI Energy Club, 2009
  • Teaching Assistant: Global Change Biology, Spring 2007
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  • Group leader IUPUI Summer Diversity Workshop, 2005
  • TRIO day organizing committee, 2005

Request a Workshop Series: Let’s Reconcile the Science and Faith Communities

Discussion Topic/Title: Let’s reconcile the science and faith communities, and let’s do it through: community resilience for health and well-being, communication resources, and creative co-rehabilitation

Community: Picture an America where discussion, collaboration, and creative co-design are the values and norms prescribed for healthy communities. Imagine hateful words stopped by a hand on a shoulder, a soft smile, and a refusal to fight. “I’m sorry. Let’s reconcile.” Has more strength than a factual, “you’re wrong, and here’s why” followed by a diet of bullet points or concordance references.

Equity: There is common ground we can unite on, and it is a powerful driver of change, but division is a forceful multiplier of fear and anger. The National Council for Science and Faith seeks to fill a chasm in our country by building bridges across the many divides that exist between science and faith, not to prove one right way, but to be advocates for a constructive, non-adversarial, dialogue between science and faith.

Humanities: Science and faith are not polar opposites, yet the false dichotomy persists as a cultural myth clinging to our educational and media systems, reinforced such that often freshman level high school and college science learners believe their faith is challenged by education. Scientists and scholars may succumb to the same false dichotomy. Dialogue between the science and faith communities will lead to resource production surrounding cultural norms associated with faith traditions. Deliberate communication may resolve the misunderstanding regarding the conflict of faith for the student, leading to a learning experience for the educator. Thus, a co-learning environment ensues for the scientist and the faithful learner, bridging divides and healing wounds spanning centuries of rhetorical conflict.

Placemaking: A resilient place is a community connected by values and healthy dialogue, nurturing seeds that grow into ethics of reconciliation. As a national organization with three locations, our place will be the workshops we hold and our online content. Resources developed by fellows in the cities of Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, and Denver will be made available publicly online at no charge. As our networks, vectors, and relationships grow, we hope resources will flow like allegorical loaves and fishes from both faith groups to scientists and scientists to faith groups bringing healing to a divided land.

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