Recently we celebrated the fifty-year anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It was inspiring to see the honor and reverence paid for such a day in our history. That said, we must not forget that the spirit of MLK is not a one-day event. The spirit of his words must live in us every day to ensure we get to the Promised Land.
Each day, we must find a way to take the concept of unity and seek a shared framework for being. I fear too often we find it hard to define ourselves as “one” because we become distracted by our differences. It is fair to recognize the rich diversity of experiences, strengths, and weaknesses that we possess as individuals, communities, and the world.
Yet, what bonds us — allowing us to celebrate our differences?
One shared framework to consider is that of humanity, humility, and hope.
Humanity in our compassion. Humility in our ability to not assume an attitude of superiority. Hope in our trust we can find a better place.
Young people often discover these qualities of humanity, humility, and hope at camp.
MLK Day and the celebration of his "I Have a Dream" speech should not be seen as a one-day events — nor should the camp experience only be realized during a season.
Day after day . . .
Photo courtesy of Camp Howe, Goshen, Massachusetts