Voices of Goodwill

I love NYAs 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:

Ben Arment

Plywood People

Don Rogers

Shawn Wood

Jason Boyett

Susan Isaacs

Darry Dash

Rachel Held Evans

Renee Johnson

Mark Oestreicher

Cathleen Falsani

Cameron Conant

Trevin Wax

Curtis Simmons

Mark Roberts

Seth Thomas

Suzi (Shards of Light)

Kevin Keigley

Jim Kane

Doug Young

Ellen Dollar

Travis Mamone

John Reid

Chad Estes

Israel Shaw

Barbara Lane

DJ Futers

Ron Cole

Lauren Lamareaux

Dean Lusk

Brian Mayfield

Joanna (Joanna Muses)

Jen Rose

Andrea Schultz

Bill and Jacki Dahl

Larry Shallenberger

Reve Life

Ed Cyzewski

Andrew Dowsett

Infinite Gen

Keith Sekel

Denisen (Moving Mom)

Nicole Unice

Lacey (Under the Fig Tree)

Kathleen McDade


John (While We Sojourn)

Sarah Freeborn


Disciple Nations Alliance

Janet Oberholtzer

Tom Duchemin

Katie Strandlund

Katrina Sinift

Brett (Godly Sheep)

Shelby Clarke

CS Wells

William Libby

Matt Deffner

Lisa (See Lisa Write)

Nathan Rosquist

Hidden Doorways

Chuck Currie

Gary Gass

Mike Khandjian

Joel Kontinen

Arthur Joseph

Julianne Franklin Tutko

Karen Armstrong

E. Barrett

Greg Kandra

Brian Tubbs

Homeless in Savannah

Tom Davis

Jim Gordon

Chelsea Zimmerman

David Kendall

Tamara Buchan




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    John September 14, 2010 (6:28 am)

    Thank you for the invitation to participate! Great idea.

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    Douglas Young September 8, 2012 (6:58 am)

    Thanks for including me above, Sarah!

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    Marvin Heery September 8, 2012 (11:39 am)

    Thanks for adding us & appreciate the support & interest in homelessness too!

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