Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes. ~Desmond Tutu
Dear BRIDGE friends:
I am looking forward to saying goodbye to 2021 along with all of you and planting seeds for a new future for us all in 2022.
It is that time of year where we have been asking for renewals on pledges and giving for the 2022 year and we thank you all for joining in! If you haven't yet done so. You can donate here or follow the links on our website or view the previous newsletter here. (It is also that time of year for reflecting. What do we want to release and leave behind in 2021 and what do we want to keep and nurture for 2022? One answer for us at BRIDGE is that we want to keep nurturing our sense of community and family with each of you. Our connections have been enriched, deepened and strengthened as we have faced the pandemic and its impact over the last few years.
We are taking a pause right now and hoping we all can stay as healthy as possible. In the New Year we will start anew. (For this week our offices are closed and we will do remote work through January 4-17th. More on next steps for our community safety protocols in the new year!)
I invite you all to consider (re) visiting the 21 day challenge of race equity. Follow this link for instructions to renew your race equity commitment. This will take us right through Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Looking ahead to 2022: We are thrilled to announce partnering for our traditional MLK Service Day with Berkshire South in allyship and partnership! Stay tuned for the many ways to serve and be in community on January 17th!
Before that, we will convene the Race Task Force and Towards Racial Justice meetings. Our Women to Women program runs weekly. And we begin our first quarter Foundations course.
In the meantime, we wish you a happy healthy New Year in family and community!
Be safe. We love you all. Thank you for being in the struggle with us for justice and equity
Gwendolyn & the BRIDGE team
We need more real love. Gritty, dangerous, wild-eyed, justice-seeking love.
In honor of Desmond Tutu’s passing I invite you all to read the “Book of Joy.” I gave this as a holiday gift to our BRIDGE team a few years back, and know you will enjoy it.
You can think about others who are in a similar situation or perhaps even worse a situation, but who have survived, even thrived. It does help quite a lot to see yourself as part of a greater whole”. ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu
2022 January Engagements with BRIDGE: