3.6 – Closing Ritual/Checkout – (10 minutes)
A closing reflection to read before participants offer one word to capture their feeling.
This is a quote from Rebecca Parker, published in Soul Work. It is a statement that reflects how a commitment to racial justice includes the political as well as the personal.
“My commitment to racial justice is both on behalf of the other – my neighbor, whose well-being I desire – and for myself, to whom the gift of life has been given but not fully claimed. I struggle neither as a benevolent act of social concern nor as a repentant act of shame and guilt, but as an act of desire for life, or passion for life, of insistence on life – fueled by both love for life and anger in face of the violence that divides human flesh.”
Reference: Rebecca Parker, “Not Somewhere Else, But Here: The Struggle for Racial Justice as a Struggle to Inhabit My Country,” in Soul Work: Antiracist Theologies in Dialogue, edited by Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley and Nancy Palmer Jones (Boston: Skinner House, 2003), p.184.
A statement by Xolani Kacela
From the book Voices from the Margins
Are We Living in a Post-Racial World Yet?
We get good at what we practice. Research now tells us very clearly what distinguishes amateurs from experts – it’s the amount of time they spend practicing their craft.
To become exceptional, you must to two things. First, you must practice with intention – you have to aim to become very good. If you set out just to know how to do something or do it “good enough” then that is how good you will become. To become expert, you have to envision yourself as a master of your craft.
Second, you must practice a lot and consistently. Studies show that amateurs practice about three times a week for about an hour per sitting. Those who develop into experts put in three hours a day almost seven days a week. They become consumed with their craft.
In addition, there is a magic number. Becoming and expert demands about ten thousand hours of practice! That’s twenty hours a week for about ten years.
The notion of intentional practice also applies to how we become the beloved community. It’s not enough to just say that we are post-racial, we have to practice being post-racial.
It is said that if you’re not on the court, you’re not in the game. We have to put in the time on and off the court.
Jacqui James and Mark D. Morrison-Reed (2012). Voices from the Margins. Skinner House.
A poem by Goethe
From The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart
Until One is Committed
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do,
Or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius,
Power and magic in it.
Robert Bly, James Hillman, and Michael Meade (Eds) (1992). The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. Harper Collins.