I am no stranger to the suffering of people, but the people who are suffering most often don’t have a single person who is going to make them feel safe and welcome.
People who are most at risk for being killed by police are the ones who are vulnerable to fear and exploitation.
And in a world that seems to be obsessed with violence, there are no protections for vulnerable people, who are often targeted because of their race, religion, or gender identity.
The reason is simple: Our society is not built for fear.
And this is especially true in our religious communities.
For some people, their faith is their safety.
I am not a believer in God, and I believe in love, but for the most part, faith is a safe space to be, where we are able to say, “This is what I believe.”
For many people, that safe space is their church.
It is where they get their healing from, and it is where their spiritual community grows.
Faith communities are not just places for worship, but places of worship where people of faith gather to share the faith and connect.
They are not necessarily the same as churches, and they often have different rituals and practices.
They’re often a place of safety, where people can connect with each other and with God, but also to each other in a safe and loving way.
And the safest way to do this is to have a faith community.
This is the only way that our faith communities will survive.
It’s also the only place in our society where a person of faith can be a trusted source of comfort and guidance.
People need safe places where they can feel loved, and to feel safe in their own homes.
But without faith communities, we risk losing our faith.
Faith is our safety blanket.
The Bible says, “Let there be no false prophets among you; but let every one of you be true to his own self.”
(Matthew 5:27) I know that if my daughter were to die in the next year, there would be no safe place for me to go to.
That is why I believe that faith is more important than any other.
For me, faith has been the only thing keeping me going in this world, even when I was hurting and in pain.
Faith has been an anchor that holds me, a safety net that I can rely on when the world around me is hurting.
I believe we need to rebuild faith communities.
As we build faith communities across America, we will continue to have these spaces to heal, to connect, and even to be safe.
Faith, for me, is not about a set of rules or rituals.
It doesn’t have to be.
It can be anything that you believe in, whether that belief is your faith, or the faith of someone else, or even the faith that you have heard in other religions.
When I was a child, I learned to say “no” to God, to God’s voice, to my own sense of self.
I would say, I am tired, I’m tired, and this is what God wants.
Faith can be the anchor that keeps me safe.
And faith communities are a way for us to find each other.
They can be places of love, comfort, and connection, where the people we care about, the people in our lives, can feel safe, loved, welcomed, and supported.