By Lavern Nissley
Our country appears to be coming apart at the seams.
How do we assess the comparative damages of a 2-3 month quarantine against an external virus to a one week explosion of pent up anger, riots and looting following a horrific internal act of police brutality in Minneapolis? Both have brought incredible negative impact that leaves gaping wounds and losses - of collective body, soul and spirit.
The 4 Communication Danger Signs that we help couples, families and workplaces back away from are being totally disregarded by politicians, news media, community leaders and self-appointed experts on social media. Escalation, Invalidation, Negative Interpretation and Withdrawal are the "new norm" for all things communication.
However, I'm grateful for many voices of calm and hope in the midst of chaos and insanity. I'd like for you to hear 2 of them.
"Simunye" is a Zulu word that means "we are one."
It is also the name chosen by a group of pastors in Springfield to discuss issues of racial reconciliation. Two of those pastors are Eli Williams and Bobby Hile. They epitomize the hope and unity that seems elusive across America. I invite you to watch this brief video of the two of them referring to an event THIS EVENING, June 2, 2020. It will be a live prayer virtual event.
Consider how you might participate.
Encompass Connection Center affirms such voices of hope and leadership in a time when there seems to be no end to despair and discouragement.
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Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.