Letter from the Editors

Sea Light  by David Kupferman Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40"

Sea Light by David Kupferman
Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40"

We are proud to produce another thought-provoking issue of Anchor. 

In this issue, more than ever before, the articles, fine art, and poetry express the mystery of how acceptance and action work together in the quest for social and environmental justice. In response to some of the world’s most complex, devastating, and trying problems, these pages offer a broad acknowledgment coupled with a great vision of a healthier world; you will also find pragmatic solutions, inspirations, and insights.

France Moore Lappé shares her story as an environmental activist and pushes us to see how democracy, spirituality, and justice are inextricably linked through our individual and collective actions. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk presents the new mind-body approaches to trauma healing, both for individuals seeking personal healing and for caregivers. Dr. Joia Mukherjee and Becky Thompson write about the ways that presence, immersion, and solidarity can transform justice-based service.

We could go on and on about what is on each of the magazine’s pages—all of which inspire us. But instead, we invite you to move through the magazine on your own as a process of discovery. Please take your time with these pages and soak up their wisdom, wonderings, and beauty. Please share what you discover with friends, family, and colleagues. And please also share your thoughts and actions with us: join the conversation in the comments sections of our website and at events at our Center.

The works of this issue call to mind the quote: “We are the ones we have been waiting for. ” Alice Walker, who used this phrase as a book title, attributes it to June Jordan’s “Poem for South African Women.” Jordan first read the poem at the United Nations on August 9, 1978 in commemoration of 40,000 women and children who, 18 years prior, stood up against apartheid in South Africa. Whether these were Jordan’s words originally or she gleaned them from elsewhere, both the spiritual and activist messages in the words are clear: We are in it together; we have the source of life which heals within us; and we can each make a difference in the quest for peace, equity, and justice.

As you dive into the pages that follow, we invite you to reflect on the final stanzas of Jordan’s poem, which can be found in Passion or in Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan:

And who will join this standing up
and the ones who stood without sweet company
will sing and sing
back into the mountains and
if necessary
even under the sea

we are the ones we have been waiting for

Let us contemplate together what it takes to be agents of change.

in Peace and with Love,
Perry, Elissa, and Nadia