Last February after church service one Sunday, I was glad to give some moral support to a fellow who felt understandably frustrated over dealing with an overly cautious mayor on the local Human Rights Committee. This individual would have made a fabulous Committee member and others thought so too, but many of us knew even then how unlikely the mayor would appoint this impassioned, vibrant, caring man. I came away from that conversation thinking how I was likely to have many more exchanges like this, a common theme being giving or receiving encouragement to stay engaged in the face of obstacles, which are often fear-based.  I felt heartened to be arriving in such an active, concerned community. We’re in for a long haul, I thought to myself, but onward with the Resistance!

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