By Rachel Kornfield Becker
On Friday 5/11/2018 I had the privilege of being part of a truly exceptional event: the Pittsburgh Pastoral Care Conference (PPCC). Thankfully it happens annually so if you missed this one you can go next year! Save the date for Friday, May 10, 2019. More information can be found on the web as it becomes available: http://www.asmuhl.com/pghpc/.
The PPCC gathers clergy, human service professionals and lay people for a day of thinking and learning about how we can better serve the needs of our constituents in areas such as addiction, mental health and family tensions. This year’s keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, drew our attention to the ways political divides too frequently stratify our churches and families and how we can reach out to build bridges.
The Rev. Dr. Moore-Koikoi passionately and eloquently expressed our need for each other: liberals need conservatives and conservatives need liberals. Brain scans indicate that Democrats tend to have a brain more open and curious about what’s new whereas Republicans tend to be solidly rooted in the tried and true. As a result, sometimes Democrats get excited about every new thing without recognizing the need for stability or truly testing the merits of a novel idea whereas Republicans can fail to accept a change that is truly needed. In short, if we are to progress in a way that is both sustainable and adaptable we need each other. We’d be lost without each other.
How often do you hear that political message?