So Rachel Held Evans has initiated a week-long online rally called "Restore Unity". I was re-tweeting her announcements and other people's reactions as much as I could, thinking about what in the world this might look like next week, and how I could help.
Since then, two major events have occurred that are personal to me. On Friday, the church I attend sent an email describing two major denominational votes that are trending toward passing local presbytery votes, and will, for all intents and purposes, divide the Presbyterian Church (USA) forever. My position on these votes isn't relevant to the future of the denomination, but I do feel the weight on how my voice and actions will be perceived by others during this process.
The second event was the announcement about Osama bin Laden being killed by a US military operation. The tragedies of 9/11 are personal to me because it directly affected people close to me, and many more I've had the privilege of becoming friends with. My initial reaction was simply shock, but my mind immediately went to what is the appropriate response, which I tweeted.
It was made clear through the next hour that not many had common reactions to bin Laden's death. I'm certain that while reactions to the PC(USA) decisions will have more commonalities, the nuances everyone affected will be coming from will be very diverse, yet easily (and inappropriately) generalized. I wonder how unity can prevail in either situation. I share much of Matthew Paul Turner's sentiments.
At this moment, however, I believe our diversity of thought, philosophy, and even reactions, can indeed make us stronger. And that strength is what we need to build unity. It does require being less individually so we can be strong collectively. Can we do it? I sure hope we can.
In the spirit of the Restore Unity Rally, here is my first sign slogan:
But I THINK that makes us even stronger. Don't you THINK?