What Does It Mean To Be A Community of Hope?

A few months ago while writing about what it means to be a Community of Courage, I made the point that I was feeling courageous simply by getting out of bed in the morning in light of my complete lack of hope. And then something beautiful happened. I began noticing people performing acts of kindness. Knowing that there are kind folks out there that care gave me hope. And slowly I started noticing small things that were hopeful to me. I remembered the bus we rented last January to participate in the Women’s March in Seattle.

Sharing that experience with the millions of other people from all over the world who showed up and cared, helped me to feel empowered and gave me hope.

A shift happened and a movement grew stronger like a phoenix growing out of the ashes.

Then Time Magazine chose “The Silence Breakers,” given voice in part through the #MeToo movement, to be the Person of the Year. This includes all of us – those who shared (and those of us who are not yet safe enough to share) our #MeToo stories with each other.

This includes those of us who had the courage to speak out, and those of us who had the courage to listen, and the courage to believe the stories, and the courage to take courageous action. We are the ones we have been waiting for. After a lifetime of pretending the Emperor was decked out in his fanciest finery – we stood together and in our unity, we created our power, and united we said, “The Emperor has no clothes!” This simple statement of truth gives me profound hope. Speaking truth to power is difficult, nevertheless she persisted.

I would like to take a moment to bask in our community of solidarity and allow myself to feel a kernel of hope in a world full of turmoil. United we stand, divided we fall. In this season, the darkest of times, let us all recognize our common humanity and our relationship to the interdependent web of all existence, and recognize the inherent worth and dignity of ourselves and each other. In hope…



Susie Maharry, TUUC
Susie Maharry
Director of Adult Religious Exploration