The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and subsequent rioting is creating national headlines. Of course the phenomenon of rioting is occurring all over the world. And it is not a new phenomenon. What might be a Vincentian view of rioting and protests?
A Washington Post story was about some members of Congress who took part in a poverty simulation exercise as a way of gaining some insight into what real people experience. In 2011 over 100 participants at our “Bridges Out of Poverty” meeting took part in basically the same sort of exercise.
Today, I am referring to communication that leads to communion, creating in us a deeper appreciation of both the message and the messenger. It allows us to reflect on what we have heard or seen, and to respond in a relational way. It best expresses who we are, and honors the sacred in the other.