I wholeheartedly support the above suggestion for all of the reasons mentioned. I also like the change from passive verb “are accountable” (whatever that means, accountable to whom, etc.) to the active verb of “support”. The verb “to be” often adds undue verbiage, passivity, and ambiguity. I’d rather opt for as much clarity, action, and simplicity as we can get.
I would furthermore propose in a similar spirit the following changes to the current text:
Instead of “We celebrate that we are all sacred beings diverse in culture, experience,
and theology,” I propose:
“We celebrate diversity in culture, experience, and sanctity.”
And instead of “We work to be diverse multicultural Beloved Communities where all thrive,” I propose:
“We work to build [or create] diverse Beloved Communities where all thrive”.
[Having created my profile late, it seems I cannot create a new topic and my suggestions seem sufficiently close to the above topic so I have posted them here. Hope this works okay for people—especially @lagilliom]
@lagilliom Thank you for both of these latest comments. I wholly concur. I would even add that the odd phrasing “spiritual discipline of Love” sounds to me a bit like a sectarian catchphrase (especially with the capital “L”). I don’t know what it means either but it sounds like something that refers to a secret knowledge written in group jargon that a presumable “inner circle” does understand.
Joshua Pawelek wrote a sermon/blog on the topic of “Towards a Spiritual Discipline of Love” and explained the concept (essentially something that helps orient us to discover and practice loving responses in the face of hurt or harm). Yet, interestingly enough, Joshua concluded “I don’t know what this spiritual discipline of love looks like, not yet. But I do look forward to figuring it out, exploring, experimenting, testing, practicing … with you.” So, if even a proponent of the term doesn’t know what it “looks like”, does this phrasing seem like something one wants to place in the bylaws (a legal document)?
Linking here to others who have questioned that phrase: