In faith communities and the wider society, there increasingly is moral outrage about what is occurring, such as entrenched inequalities, the devastation of creation, and violent outbreaks against those considered “other.” Different religious traditions strongly oppose such. Usually, however, these are not developed and brought to bear in the public arena, so that they can contribute toward pubic constructive responses. Instead, more right wing caricatures and reactionary responses of religion are what the media tend to feature. (cite some of the exceptions here?) The public voice of mainline Christians and of other faith perspectives tends to remain muted or confined within churches, as it was not for someone like Martin Luther.
“Seeing-remembering-connecting” are common secular words to which people of different faiths can relate, yet are what biblical sources, traditions, and the movements they inspire have long involved. These practices are nurtured over the long-term in faith communities, as they put together what is fragmentary or forgotten, point to what is true, and empower communities to see, remember and act--across boundaries of religion, geography and self-interest – in organized action with others. This is a kind of seeing that evokes remembering, that gives depth or perspective and thus propels us to connect and act – because another world is possible.