100 Days of Action

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave

100 Days of Action

 

On Martin Luther King Sunday, we gathered to celebrate Rev. Dr. King’s legacy and commit to live it out! We reflected on the social concerns that occupy our thoughts and touch our hearts. Then we focused on what we can and shall do during the first 100 days of the impending new presidency. We wrote down what we would do over the next 100 days to make our homes, our neighborhoods, our nation, and our world a better place. We placed these commitments in envelopes to be sent to us in the middle of those 100 days as a reminder. Or as a reason to celebrate our actions. Or an inspiration to keep going!

There will be cards and envelopes at the church for anybody who wasn’t able to be there for MLK Sunday and wants to make their commitments.

The “word cloud” above represents those words that were used most frequently. Here are some of the commitments we made:

  • During the next 100 days I plan to put into action the beginning of our goal of an eco-farm on 7 acres we have.
  • Learn from my children what issues are most important to their futures.
  • I will challenge stigmatizing statements and portrayals of people not considered typical or “normal.”
  • I will encourage people I know to delight in their talents even if they are different.
  • I will start out by speaking against the movie where a person described as having split personality murders people.
  • Work to increase visibility of populations that are underserved and at risk.
  • Be less critical of my husband.
  • Reach out to old friends.
  • Can I attend to people who have perspectives different? 100 Interviews by June 30.
  • Commit to helping neighbors who are needing a hand due to age or disability, or financial ability.
  • More listening to others without judgement. Less providing answers.
  • Systematic intellectual learning about the other.
  • Elect smart people. Use better logic.
  • Feel for others and self – a future.
  • Love self enough to give more have less.
  • Practice compassion.
  • Keep a tidy home and share it with others.
  • Mentor at work.
  • Invest in good things.
  • Keep in touch with loved ones afar.
  • Pay more attention.
  • Find a way to keep informed, away from fake news and lies.
  • I will contact each of my congressional people (rep and senators) regarding protection and extension of healthcare coverage to all. I will share my story with them.
  • I will be hands-on in the fight for Civil Rights for All. I will use my talents to raise money to support Civil Rights causes.
  • I will resist any attempt to take away anyone’s rights.
  • Connect more deeply with the communities I’m a part of.
  • Take my daughter to the Women’s March in DC and help her learn how girls can have a voice.
  • Attend the “Get Woke” series and take a leading role at work in anti-racism activities.
  • The little things matter; speak up for perceived injustice; often times actions speak louder than words; act in a manner that would make a future son or daughter proud; do not fall into a lack of action; make time for justice.
  • I want to do more to make sure that women and girls understand their true value and that they are not afraid to speak their minds.
  • Listen.
  • Educate myself.
  • Speak out where “appropriate,” rather than be silent in fear.
  • Be active with church Social Justice League.
  • Learn to love myself.
  • Self-care.
  • Do!!!!
  • Focus on mental health: be more empathetic with my children.
  • Work to help my children understand barriers that others face and to join in finding ways to tear them down.
  • Be more patient with my wife and children. Being a better listener to my wife.
  • Shovel peoples walk ways when it snows.
  • Be a better friend and listen more. Be there for people.
  • Push myself to do more community service.
  • Control my temper towards my siblings.
  • Do not get discouraged.
  • Think critically and stay informed.
  • Don’t be lazy; be honest.
  • I want to ask UUSC if they have (or would create) lawn signs saying “Standing on the Side of Love” or “Love is the Answer” to replace “Love Trumps Hate” and “War is not the answer.”
  • Increase awareness.
  • Try to understand how little I know about being black or being an outsider/the other.
  • Continue with [the Responding to Racism: Get Woke. Stay Woke.] group.
  • I will work as hard as I can to bring church members and people from the larger community together to be the light that the world needs.
  • 100 Days from now: Better understand the systemic barriers to women and minorities in the work of their choice; Begin to write a plan for how I can influence and remove these barriers.
  • Show love to others a lot more this year and treat others the same way with lots of love.
  • I continue to be at Pittsburgh Public School events where black and white families don’t interact. I’m going to talk with parents and leaders about helping facilitate better connection with families across race.
  • Get straight A’s.
  • Stop bullying.