If we are going to find our way forward together, we have to know each other. We don’t have to agree. In fact, we may actively oppose each other’s goals, especially when the words or actions of some neighbors may put others at risk.
Even as we live in that tension, though, we need to stop dehumanizing each other, and do the hard, essential, sometimes painful and sometimes joyful work of really knowing the people around us. That’s what real peacemaking looks like. And, yes, we do need to find our way forward together. If we’re not together, it’s not forward.
That’s what I want to say to my neighbors. So I designed a banner, 3′ x 8′, and my friend Kenny printed it for me, and my son and I nailed it to the front of my house on Christmas Eve. It has led to some great conversations with my neighbors.
Several folks have asked where to get one, so I’m putting the art here to download for free (or whatever price you choose). You can take the art to any printer you choose. Then someone suggested we make a yard sign version, and we did. Two, in fact: One with all of the words, and one with fewer words. Then some folks in New York wrote and said that they would like one in Spanish, so we created that, too.
Thanks for showing up to create community.