How do we lead together?
We have been building and rebuilding several training workshops these past few weeks for a some of our chaplaincy programs. In doing so, I love to dive into the world of online video learning and to be inspired by what fearless spiritual leaders are doing and saying in the world.
So, this week I bring to you a TED onstage interview with the three powerful women who founded Black Lives Matter.
V i d e o : An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter - Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi with Mia Birdsong
W h y y o u s h o u l d w a t c h i t ?
In addressing topics that often feel vast and overwhelming - like structural violence, anti-blackness, and leadership for racial justice - Alicia, Patrisse, and Opal illuminate the social realities and echo their call to action for all people of color and their allies to show up with courage to work for freedom. We love the importance placed on collective leadership in the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Definitely worth the watch (or read, if you prefer the transcript)!
W h e r e ' s t h e S p i r i t i n t h i s a r t i c l e ?
I hear spiritual teachings throughout the interview and their comments, but I have been in this work long enough to know that my listening lens might be different that yours. So, I offer you another video from TED that has been circling social media:
Why the only future worth building includes everyone
by His Holiness Pope Francis
"The other" - how often this term is used to separate, to create distinction, to demonize, to distance. But if we shift our orientation, "you" + "the other" = "us".
How do we begin this task? Tenderness...
Tenderness = accompaniment = listening.
Collective leadership occurs when we honor all of the "you"s in "us", and through collective leadership we experience social transformation.