Sense of community is a pretty powerful force. I do a lot of thinking about how sense of community strengthens public good. Not like this is a novel thought, by any stretch of the imagination...I just think it's interesting to conceptualize what community means and how far into our immediate surroundings it extends. When we talk about loving our neighbor, who does that include?
string of attacks in Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis, MN. A woman was sexually assaulted in front of her children (ages 10 & 12). Once the attackers left that woman and her children, they proceeded to another area and began to assault 2 other girls. The police eventually caught the perpetrators...they were boys...ages 14, 15 and 16.
And as awful as the situation was (or is), the sense of pride in place and love of community has a chance to shine through. The woman (who is still choosing to remain anonymous) wrote a letter to her community to share how she felt about the attack, the attackers, and her view of the world in light of this event.
It is beyond inspirational. It is powerful. It is pure benevolence.
I hope you'll take the time to read her response in its entirety. May we all find such generosity in our hearts...
Click here to see the Strib story on the woman's response.
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