Resistance, peace and love

It’s a time for resistance.  There is so much going on in our country – and proposed for the future – that is evil, that it’s time for us to take to the streets, to make it clear that we will not stand idly by.

Yet we want to find ways to do our resistance that are as peaceful as possible – that build peace rather than conflict.  And we want as much as possible to come from a place of love: loving the innocent victims of governmental policies, yet also loving our enemies.

This paradox of resistance and love will not be easily attained. It’s going to take a lot of practice.  It will be most attainable in the context of community.  This blog can help us to build community and to sort out the relationship between resistance and love.

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This blog is here to support the Asheville Resist Trump Tuesday rallies (4-5:30 at the Federal Building, 151 Patton) and the people who participate in them.  The goals are to dialog with each other, build community and learn from each other how we can find our own authentic path of participation – and be active in ways that support us, that leave us whole and strong.  This may sometimes involve stretching ourselves, moving out of our comfort zone – but it should not burn us out or in any way undermine our well-being.


Central to our dialogue work will be to sort out for ourselves the relationships among resistance, peace and love.  While there are those in our community who would claim that resist is a bad word – negative, not spiritual, “what you resist persists” – it is the assumption of this blog and these rallies that resistance is a good word and a valuable if not crucial activity.  The issue then is how these three words relate to each other – and how they can enrich and strengthen each other, and ourselves.

Asheville Resist Trump Tuesdays: 4-5:30 p.m., Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave.

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