Editorial: Faith communities set example

Editorial: Faith communities set example

Many, many citizens in the United States, looking for places to connect with each other, to do the work democracy requires of citizens, begin within their faith communities.

It is there where belief and action meet in the form of sharing, giving and listening. We are often uncomfortable, or even disdainful, of talking about the role of communities organized around religion or faith in dealing with the important civic and community and social justice issues of the day. Yet our history includes countless examples of the influence of faith communities for good.

This Saturday, Lutherans and Catholics on Madison’s southwest side will come together in honor of the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Perhaps it is basically symbolic.

But Good Shepherd Lutheran Pastor Chris Enstad puts it this way: “My hope and prayer is that after 500 years of division, the next 500 years will be about reconciliation.” We could use a little more of that in our world.