I’m very grateful to First Parish, Concord Academy, and the team of Concord citizens who collaborated with me to transform the misfortune I experienced last year at a West Concord ATM into a powerful and constructive demonstration of what’s possible when privilege, pride, and preferred self-image do not get in the way of facing important truths.
I’m grateful to the Concord civic leaders, police, and residents who showed up to stare down the gap between aspiration and reality and seek ways to close it.
I look forward to learning how Concord moves forward toward being the fully and truly welcoming community it wants to be.
The hope of the complicated and conflicted macro world lies in mezzo and micro efforts to demonstrate the will and grace it takes to do this crucial work. I hope other communities might follow Concord’s lead.