A Network for Grateful Living stands as a community of conscience in solidarity with Black communities and others around the world in condemning the systemic racism and violence in the United States which has taken the lives of far too many of our human family, most recently in the horrific killing of George Floyd. This has gone on, unchecked, for far too long – it has to stop.
The ethics and teachings of grateful living allow no place for racism or any form of oppression. Our mission and values direct us toward robust inclusivity, shared belonging, and radical love. They catalyze self-responsibility and social engagement in the creation of a more just world.
Turning to these values, our organization commits to sober self-examination, to increasing the diversity of our team and board, to using our platform to promote racial equality, to amplifying the voices of people of color, and to ensuring that grateful living practices invite and include people of all identities, all colors, and all loves. We hold ourselves accountable to learn from this reckoning in order to more fully embody our mission and serve our vision of a peaceful, thriving and sustainable world – held as sacred by all, in service of all.
We pledge to report back to you on our work and our ongoing plan of action. Thank you for your presence and for participating in our community of practice. If you want to join us in engaging with and supporting anti-racist work, we invite you to explore this guide and this collection of resources (updated June, 2021).
If you have recommendations for additional anti-racist resources that are in alignment with our community values, please share below.
With humility, commitment, and gratitude –
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THANK YOU GRATEFULNESS TEAM, IT BEEN TO LONG TIME TO LET GOD HEAL US ALL IN UNITY OF LOVE..
Dear gratefulness Team,
I appreciate your clarity, your modelling a way of taking a stance and you offer ressources, which nurters what I personally and the world needs: NOW
In my short time in this holy website I have come to see participants as sojourners. We all bring wounds to be healed and hope to be shared. May I suggest that if we intend to address racism, its roots and effects, we in fact do our “homework” as we prepare to dive into the turbid waters of this topic. One book that has immensely helped me to begin to understand the plight of our society in dealing with the evil of racism is “My Grandmother’s Hands” by Resmaa Menakem. Peace to all.
Dear Manuel, thanks for the hint with the book. … going deep.
Sieger des Friedens.
Thank-you for this. Your words and intention align with and edify my heart and spirt this morning as I visit this space for my daily dose of inspiration.
Dear Gratefulness team,
Thank you so much for this letter. I look forward to hearing more about your ongoing plan of action, and to helping however I can.
As a white person, sometimes I am afraid to speak for fear of saying the wrong thing. Here are some of the things I am learning about how to be an ally. I hope I’m on the right track.
Silence and non-action is complicity. Do not stay silent for fear of saying the wrong thing. Better to speak up, and be willing to listen and learn when I inevitably will say the wrong thing.
Do my homework. Read. Don’t expect my black friends to teach me everything about the history of oppression and systemic racism in America.
Be willing to dig deep and examine my own implicit biases.
Be quiet and LISTEN. This is not about me. Be willing to sit in my discomfort. I don’t always have to have something to say.
Recognize my privilege and use it to bring about meaningful dialogue and social change.
Put my money where my mouth is. Research and donate to organizations doing racial justice work.
Take my rage and discomfort to the ballot box and work toward system change at the local level.
Thank you to the team at A Network for Grateful Living for your willingness to do this work, and for all you are already doing to share the light of Grateful Living as a tool to connect us and to make our world a better place for all.
Peace into your day,
Dear Betsy, thanks for your range of actions “… doing my homework..(stillness….) AND the needed change on local and global levels…..” all sort of tonal actions to manifest. Seeing mySELF also as a protoctor and expansiv supporter of (all) life forces….
All blessings of the Universe in every cell
Sieger des Friedens
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