As many of you know, I had the chance to go to New York as a disaster relief worker directly after the September 11th attacks.
So earlier this week, as plans for the Islamic Cultural Center was released, the headlines coming out of New York City were making me squeamish.
Pastors hating on the public airwaves. Taxi drivers getting stabbed. The FBI issuing hate crime warnings.
So I asked a few friends–both real world and virtual– if they’d join me in expressing a simple show of goodwill on September 11th. They could blog, tweet, facebook update, have a personal conversation, whatever. The only ask was that we offer truth or opinions in the context of peace and care for our fellow humans. (You can read my “goodwill” post here.)
I’m not gonna lie. The result was pretty nifty to watch, people.
Some of these friends jumped on the idea. And some of them even passed the idea onto their friends. By the end of the day the whole project had snowballed into so many links sent to my email account that I couldn’t stay awake long enough to type them all into this post.
So I wanted to say THANK YOU.
Thank you to all the people, connected to this project or not, who went out of their way to push peace and goodwill. I am proud of your voice in this world.
If you blogged about this and didn’t get a mention below, drop me a note (I didn’t leave you out intentionally). And thank you, in advance, to the many unnamed people who passed the word along via their social networks. I saw many a links out there that made me smile.
More specific thank yous and links follow.
Blessings, my friends,
A big thank you to Q Ideas and Relevant for running articles along these lines and to Len Sweet, the Catalyst guys, People of the Second Chance and Mission Igniter for the tweet support.
Also, if you’re curious, click on a few of the peeps below who put their blogs to good use this week:
Rachel Held Evans
Suzi (Shards of Light)
Joanna (Joanna Muses)
Bill and Jacki Dahl
Denisen (Moving Mom)
Lacey (Under the Fig Tree)
John (While We Sojourn)
Disciple Nations Alliance
Brett (Godly Sheep)
Lisa (See Lisa Write)
Julianne Franklin Tutko
Homeless in Savannah