From the Diversity Team: Every Member Cherished

Tuesday, February 4

Cathi Cackler-Veazy

Cathi Cackler-Veazey

By Cathi Cackler-Veazey of Independence, Missouri, USA

God is calling for a prophetic community to emerge…characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ…Through divine grace and wisdom, this faith community has been given abundant gifts, resources, and opportunities to equip it to become such a people. Chief among these is the power of community in Christ expressed locally in distinctive fashions while upholding a unity of vision, foundational beliefs, and mission throughout the world.

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:11a

The Spirit of God calls us to be a prophetic people. Our challenge is to work to be a people of compassion and acceptance of the broad diversity this world shares. This is not always easy. Many traditions restrict, rather than include, those who are different from the majority.

My experience at the 2013 U.S.A. National Conference was one that others may have had also. It was heartwarming listening to delegates sharing various perspectives in the assembly. Not because there were various opinions, but because of the respect shown for those expressing opinions. God’s Spirit washed over the assembly in those two-and-a-half days.

When votes were taken and decisions made, I felt an instant sense of joy at the common consent process and its result. I sensed the elation that some felt in that moment. I was also aware of the pain and disappointment that burdened others. Sadness was mixed with joy.

In October 2013, Steve and I attended the British Isles Multi-nation Conference in the U.K. Once again, that sense of God’s presence was resident in the assembly. Again, there was the combined feelings of joy about being part of a community that embraces Christ’s compassionate example, while also recognizing the sorrow some felt at the decision. We cherished the individuals in our community, as well as the community as a whole.

What challenges we have as a community that seeks to be the living embodiment of Christ’s gospel message. And at the same time, what joys our community brings to those it touches. Every day brings new opportunities to become a community of Christ more fully.

Prayer for Peace
God, who cherishes all people, we would cherish them, too. For those who think and feel as we do, we respect their choices. For those who think and feel differently, we respect their choices as well. May we each come together and choose peace.

Spiritual Practice: Offering Blessings of Community
Receive and share Blessings of Community. Begin with a prayer of gratitude for the friendships in your life. See and feel connections with family members, spiritual friends, people in your congregation and community, and people and creatures in God’s sacred web of life. What blessings flow to you from these circles? How have you felt the love of the community?

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will listen before I speak or vote.

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  1. Janné Grover

     /  4 February 2014

    Beautifully written, Cathi. Thanks so much for sharing!

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