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 future is, most of all, in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a ‘you’ and themselves as part of an ‘us’.

"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 means to use our eyes to see the other, our ears to hear the other, to listen to the children, the poor, those who are afraid of the future.To listen also to the silent cry of our common home, of our sick and polluted earth. Tenderness means to use our hands and our heart to comfort the other, to take care of those in need.

Tenderness = accompaniment = listening.

A single individual is enough for hope to exist,and that individual can be you. And then there will be another ‘you,’ and another ‘you,’ and it turns into an ‘us.’ And so, does hope begin when we have an ‘us?’ No. Hope began with one ‘you.’ When there is an ‘us,’ there begins a revolution.

Collective leadership occurs when we honor all of the "you"s in "us", and through collective leadership we experience social transformation.

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Until next week!