From the Editor (January 2018)

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We’ve made it to the next year, a new year, a marker that gives us an excuse to look back at our choices of the past year and make resolutions for the next. As you contemplate your resolutions I have one request: Resolve to choose hope.

A little cynicism is healthy. But it can also be a crutch. If we keep our expectations low, we won’t be too disappointed, right? But we should aim higher than “not too disappointed.” We owe it to one another to expect more—more of one another and more of our world.

We live in a world so burdened by injustice that it often feels impossible to imagine something different. There’s personal safety in indifference, if you’re privileged enough to be able to choose indifference. We can “stay out of politics” when practices and policies don’t directly harm us. Jesus took time away not to ignore the work or the world but to be restored and best able to do the work the world needed. Today we’d call it self-care—Jesus prioritized self-care. Please follow Jesus’ lead this year and not get so burned out that hope is out of reach. Check in with one another, especially with friends most marginalized.

Hope and the work it births cannot be done alone. Thankfully, in addition to self-care, Jesus also modeled for us how to live as if we believe in God. Hope can’t be found in hiding. Hope is not silent and does not require silence. Hope is daring and unreasonable and holds us all accountable to do and be better. Hope is hard. Hope is necessary. United Methodist Women gives me hope.

Let’s be brave this year in our belief that we can transform the world. Because we can transform the world. Happy new year.

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About Tara Barnes

editor of response, the magazine of United Methodist Women.
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