What a time to begin a collaborative initiative. What was initially founded as a space to get articulate on the various moral opportunities embedded in the complex crisis incurred by COVID-19 now finds itself properly cat’s-cradled into the reckoning with racial injustice rocking the United States, and indeed, the globe. The Great Reset, it turns out, wasn’t just a function of a bodily disease sweeping the earth; it is now dealing with a disease of the soul.
So many questions are swirling now, more than we were asking even three weeks ago. How do our democratic institutions preserve their ideals while pruning their habituated hypocrisies? Where are wise and courageous leaders we can look to for guidance and cooperate with in trust? Is it possible to have an honest reckoning with our sins as nations, and come out better and closer on the other side? Where are the bridge-builders, peacemakers, place-makers and justice-shakers working in appreciative tandem?
Breaking Ground was founded on the observation that crises reveal a society’s vulnerabilities. They also test a society and will, one way or another, reshape it. The question is, will the interwoven crises of 2020 be remembered as cleansing or corroding? Is there a grace the church herself might offer that can stand in the gap?