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Mission Week 2017: Daily Reflection

Each day of Mission Week, a member of the Marquette community will offer a reflection to echo the theme of Mission Week 2017, “Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church.”

One of my heroes, Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray — writer, activist, lawyer, Episcopal priest — many years ago put words to what I have been feeling for quite some time now:

“True community is based upon equality, mutuality and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity as well as the common human ties that bind us together.”

Lately I have been asking, “Is racial justice at all possible?” In these increasingly turbulent and divisive times, often we seem to move forward a step or two only to be pushed back four or five. But then I think of Murray’s words and the power of community, particularly the church community. The Church has long been the glue that binds us together to fight back against injustice. It is to the Church that we go for solace, for repair, for hope. It is from the Church that we seek answers, guidance and grace.

In these times, more than ever, we must gather strength from our faith and one another to fight against injustice. We must share the hope that accompanies a strong belief in the righteousness of that fight. I believe, as Pauli Murray did, that “hope is a song in a weary throat.”

Sheena M. Carey
Internship coordinator/lecturer
Diederich College of Communication

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