Interconnectedness. A concept that unites us with one another and all that exists.
A concept that calls us to a deeper sense of ourselves.
What does it mean when our personal comfort and well-being
with environmental devastation, racial inequity, ever-increasing income gaps, persistent gender inequality, cruelty towards other species... and on and on...
...the list goes on, of all the ways in which we have separated ourselves from one another and the world around us.
In the midst of relative comfort
to get lost in our day-in, day-out worries:
no one's life is perfect,
we each have "stuff" that we're dealing with.
And, in dealing with our stuff,
we often forget
that we may be living blessed lives—our basic daily needs are met.
Perhaps more so, we may even have abundance.
The world can no longer wait
for us to find more time,
or be in a better space,
to engage in the issues that need us.
There will always be personal concerns to deal with;
there will always be good excuses that can be found.
Interconnectedness calls us to transcend
that part of ourselves that seeks to keep us small:
that tells us that we cannot make an impact,
that the problems before us are too large.
despite personal worries or concerns,
despite knowing with certainty what impact will be made,
there are those who try,
against great odds,
to make this world a better place.
Why not you? Why not me?
Be the change our planet needs.
The interconnectedness of our world rests in each of our hands.
Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti is Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, NJ, and, along with Jennifer Nordstrom, co-editor of a forthcoming Skinner House book on environmental justice.
Today’s practice is to explore interconnectedness by tracing the origins of one or more elements of “relative comfort” in your life. Part of reducing separateness between ourselves and the world around us is knowing where our energy, water, clothing, food, phones, and other elements we depend on come from and whose lives they have impacted along the way. Start by tracing the origins of just one thing.
Today’s resource for deepening this message is “The Story of Stuff,” a 20-minute video that exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. You might also be interested in the book Confessions of an Eco-Sinner, in which author Fred Pearce tells the story of tracking down the sources of his stuff and the people touched by everyday items in his life.
Commit2Respond's Climate Justice Month intends to take you through a transformative spiritual process leading to long-term commitments to climate justice. At the end of the month you will be asked to SHIFT to a low carbon future, ADVANCE human rights, and GROW the movement. Learn more and start thinking about how you will #commit2respond to climate change.