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Blessed are the Peacemakers

What we’re doing isn’t helping–none of it seems to be helping. We still remain so divided. Cancelling each other isn’t helping, not recognizing each other’s humanity isn’t helping. It’s only fueling our anger and clouding our judgement. We’re being consumed by one another. Revenge feels great!...but it doesn’t work. So how do we free ourselves from the gridlock of binary thinking? How can we discover our humanity together? Just imagine what we could do if we recognized the humanity in ‘the other’ to an extent that when they fall, we try to understand them and their pain before we judge each other. It takes patience. To be still. To stop. And to let those thoughts pass you by. To live and let live. We acknowledge it’s not easy. Hell, it’s not easy for us at all. Any of us. We’re right there in the mud with you, trudging down this narrow path. It’s a difficult road but we think it’s the better way.


**Please note there were some recording hiccups, frustratingly both in the video and Audio. We did our best to iron these out but some of it was unable to be fixed. Please bear with us as we try to iron out these hiccups in our continuing journey of YouTube Live. We’re working on it!**


This talk was given on June 19, 2022 in Seattle, WA.

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