My good friend and colleague Mihee Kim-Kort asked a tremendous question a few days ago. I want to pass that question onto all of us. She asked,
“What will you inaugurate this year?”
We would do well to ponder that question and lean into it, allowing ourselves to dream and committing ourselves to act.
Today, I inaugurate a day of calling loved ones, reminding them that they are beloved — absolutely treasured for who they are and a great gift of presence and meaning in my life.
Today, I inaugurate a stronger commitment to what has already been inaugurated in our world. Even if these are not at their fullness, they are fully alive, capturing our imagination and working their way into tangible transformation — justice, equity, love, neighborliness, peace, and resurrection.
Today, I inaugurate a stronger commitment to truth, aware that I do not contain it or grasp it alone, but that it is a necessary, collective calling.
Today, I inaugurate a stronger commitment to moral imagination, trusting that when we are empowered with a Love beyond ourselves, we become partners in the creation of the Kindom of God, the Beloved Community, and the collective dreams that do not yet have names.
Today, I inaugurate a stronger commitment to sanctuary in all its forms, preparing to protect and shelter people who are marginalized and threatened. And in my own calling, alongside others, I commit to create sacred, sanctuary relationships that provide presence in the midst of spiritual trauma when religion is used to justify marginalization and threats.
Today, I inaugurate a stronger commitment to recognize my failings and shortcomings, examining the impact of my actions and confessing honestly when I fall short of these commitments.
Today, I inaugurate a stronger commitment to be on the journey with others — aware that righteousness calls us to resist what is wrong, vision calls us to voice truth to power, and peace calls us to live prophetically.
What will you inaugurate this year?