Both the synagogue which I serve as rabbi, and the Organization for Transformative Works where I serve as a Board member, are having Board elections this month. In light of this confluence, I offer the following.
May our hearts open to one another and to the community we strive to serve.
May we be kind to one another.
May we give one another benefit of the doubt.
May we listen to one another generously.
May we be willing, when it is appropriate, to set aside our own desires in the service of consensus.
May we be willing, when it is appropriate, to stand up for what we know to be right -- without diminishing the esteem with which we hold those with whom we disagree.
May we see the bigger picture of which we are all a part.
May we remember that there are things happening, in each person's life, to which we may not have access.
May we be compassionate with one another.
May we honor and thank those whose hard work has gotten us to where we are, and celebrate those who are willing to take the baton and continue the work ahead.
May all who serve reap joy.
And let us say: Amen!