True unity

Richard Rohr’s Pentecost meditation was entitled “We Turn Around One Thing.” From the first two paragraphs:

Unity is not the same as uniformity. Unity, in fact, is the reconciliation of differences, and those differences must be maintained. … If we had made that simple distinction between uniformity and true unity, many of our problems, especially those of overemphasized, separate identities, could have been overcome.

We see this beautiful diversity and yet unity in the universe itself–from Latin, unis + versus, “to turn around one thing.”

Ten years ago some friends and I spent a few days with Richard in Albuquerque. He talked a lot about dualism, an us-versus-them mentality that sometimes takes the form of tribalism. We see it throughout our world in polarized families, divisions in churches, splits in political parties, and broken friendships.

True unity is strong and has no need to seek (or demand) uniformity.

Click the link below the photo for an 11-minute TED Talk is by a ninth grade teacher in Nebraska, about respect, listening and caring. She’s a Georgia native, so you can watch it at 1.25x or 1.5x speed and save time! You can also read a transcript as you listen. Her school mascot is a link (as in a chain–we’re in this together).

How can we support the emotional well being of teachers?” by Sidney Jensen, TED.com, October 2019

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