One thing I know for sure is that any move made will take intentionality and depth of commitment. Even though I would never claim to have a cure, I do think there are some logical places for us to start. It may sound like circular reasoning, but the clearest place to start is with faith itself. By its very nature, faith cannot be held in the clenched fist of certitude. Holding faith in this way only chokes the life and vitality out of it. Faith must be held in an open hand if it is to be allowed to flourish.
It is the faith of the clenched fist that is used as a weapon against those who disagree or believe differently. It is the faith of the clenched fist that must be defended at all costs - even life itself. The clenched fist is threatened by and threatens anyone or anything perceived to be in its way. The clenched fist cannot shake hands in solidarity or offer a gift of grace.
It is the faith of the open hand that is offered in love and humility. It is the faith of the open hand that is free to fly wherever the Spirit might lead. It is the open hand which has the confidence to welcome. It is the open hand which greets others in freedom and respect.
Let us not blame our institutions for the problems that we all embody. If we cannot begin to live our individual lives characterized by the open hand, then how can we expect our institutions to be welcoming of everyone and affirming of humanity?
I commit myself, this day, to begin living my life with an open hand. Will you pledge to do the same? Life itself may hang in the balance.