Here’s what I have. I ask you, my sisters and brothers, to hold me accountable, to add to this list, or to expand it in your own life where it applies.
Or ignore it completely. That always remains an option.
I want to go on record.
I promise to do my dead-level best to:
- Love mercy
- Do justly
- Walk humbly with my God
- Expand the Garden of peace beyond the borders of my own spiritual community whenever possible
- Pray more
- Love better
- Do whatever I need to do to build stronger connections, maintain the bridges between us, and to repair the places that have eroded due to neglect and error.
I promise I will step in when I see injustice. I promise I will try to always stand on the side of the oppressed, the minority, the wounded, the suffering, and the wandering.
I promise I will help you find your words, perform your duty, carry your burden, and find rest.
I promise there is no such thing as alternate facts.
I promise you Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and the people who voted for them, are icons, made in the image of God.
I promise I will always try my best to tell the truth, to call out falsehood when I see it, and to encourage others to do the same.
I promise to continue to mean what I say every liturgy “we pray for this country, its ruler, its people, civil authorities and armed forces.”
I promise to speak out against greed and injustice.
I promise to listen to your stories.
I promise to have “Lord, have mercy” on my lips as much as possible.