Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online, usually Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before.
What was the biggest story of the week?
The tragic events at Pulse have impacted three groups that are too often marginalized: LGBTQ+, Latinx, and Islamic. In the midst of heart break, I am soothed by the intentionality with which I see community leaders, and particularly faith leaders, working in collaboration and making sure that all are cared for and all are heard. As someone who comes from a religious tradition with a long history of support for the LGBTQ+ community as well as interfaith collaboration, I hold in compassion those in some other traditions who find themselves called to some deep soul searching at this time.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
When asked how communities can prepare for something like this week’s tragedy, I have responded, they can’t. What we can do is pause, take a breath, and remember our deepest values. We can ask, what does love demand of us? We will learn a lot about the lifecycle of disaster and trauma as we move forward. We will need to be tender with each other. Most importantly, we will need to ensure that the story that is told of this time is one that articulates well who we are as a people and who we will be as a community.
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