Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:45 PM

Solidarity Means…

Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:45 PM
Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:45 PM

In the preface of her new book entitled Solidarity Ethics:  Transformation in a Globalized World, Rebecca Todd Peters discusses the idea of seeing with new eyes.  She reminds the reader of the ethic of solidarity.  Peters believes that when people of privilege engage in relationships with those who are different from them, there is an opportunity to help understand the social problems faced by others.  She further implies that seeing with new eyes helps to change our vantage points and can disrupt what we think we know.

The core of solidarity entails the truth of Ephesians 4:25, which declares that we are all “…members of one another.”  It reminds us of our mutual belonging to common humanity that is at the heart of Christian social ethics.  Pope John Paul II said that “Solidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people…On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common goal; that is to say, to the good of all of each individual, because we are really responsible for all.”  In fulfillment of our primary calling may we seek to do all we can to rebuild bonds of solidarity as God uses us to transform lives, locally and globally.

– Linda McDaniel

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