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Reply To: What is one tangible way that you plan to exhibit Hebraic leadership in your own neighborhood after taking this course?

#2234
Steve Allen
Participant

While reviewing the materials and listening to the lectures, I was moved to thoughtfulness regarding arenas, like “my neighborhood, wherein I observe people of differing worldviews, political persuasions, and societal positions, struggling to live and work with civility towards one another. I had never thought of the Hebraic “map” as one which abides plurality–and which even affirms personality. My “neighborhood” arenas–both literally and figuratively speaking–include the following: (1) my physical neighborhood, which is a diverse ex-urban community where racism and anti-semitic expressions recur periodically; (2) my denominational context, in which a past history of racism and politicized racial theory, causes churches “of color” to sometimes forgo their affiliation, because they feel as though they are unwelcome or misunderstood; (3) my church, which struggles at times to know how–and to what extent–women should be affirmed in the practice of ministry; (4) a local clergy network, in which an incredibly broad array of worldviews come together around common-grace matters in our community, to express concern for the dispossessed and victimized, and to express a common voice of opposition for injustice. While I cannot say that I have a well-defined plan for exhibiting Hebraic leadership within any one of these arenas, I do wish to speak credibly, informedly, and courageously into these arenas. I feel as though Pathfinder may be opening a door for me to lead and speak in such a way that affirms differences and which demonstrates more openness around collaboration in light of Kingdom objectives.