Tuesday of the First Week of Advent
The readings for the day can be found here.
There are several themes that emerged from the selected chapter and verses including unity, togetherness and embracing differences. These were evident in lines such as “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat “and “The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.” While each of these themes resonate with me, the central ideas of justice and “deciding aright for the land’s afflicted” touched me more. Oftentimes, we talk about diversity and inclusion as the end means and rarely attempt to understand or address the inequities and injustices that exist around us. We embrace diversity and unity, to the point of neutrality, while there are populations who remain marginalized, unevenly compensated, have limited access to resources, and are not afforded the same civil rights as the masses.
I believe that, particularly for younger generations, it has become less challenging to mix, mingle and include others and more of a struggle to understand how and why certain structures have been in place to disenfranchise and disadvantage those others. This is the understanding we need as we move and/or continue to move toward a socially just university community and society. It is with this understanding and mental awakening that we can begin to know what it means to truly be in solidarity with others.
I trust that we are all responsible for finding our passion and cause…whatever it may be. Because we are taking up air in the Creator’s space and are blessed to do so, I believe that it is our obligation to use our given talents to make someone else breathe easier. Everyone has their own way of contributing… through education, public service, career discernment, speaking out when necessary, making an unpopular decision, questioning, etc. Whatever the method, we must rid ourselves of complacency with the status quo and recognize injustices and unrighteousness around and within us —then make a conscious choice to act. As coined by renowned author and poet, Dr. Maya Angelou, “When you know better, you do better”. And I would add, “…or attempt.” As we “lie down with”, “be a guest of”, and “play by”, let us remember that “justice shall be a band around our waist and faithfulness a belt upon our hips.”
LaTanya Buck has been the Director of the Cross Cultural Center since 2009.