Why do you do what you do?
An intern who's helped me out the past few weeks on a bill called the "Chance to Succeed" (aka, Ban the Box), asked this question today for a paper she has to write: "What motivated you to work with Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and to do what you do politically?"
Here's what I said...
It comes down to three things.
First, I'm a follower of Jesus. I believe followers are called to walk in solidarity with the oppressed, join them in their struggle, and seek their liberation. I believe God is building a world where all have "shalom" -- a rich Hebrew word that's come to define much of my worldview. I've found that The Interfaith Alliance is somewhere I can live out my passions and identity in wholehearted alignment.
Second, I started getting to know and become dear friends with marginalized people over the past decade. Those friendships shook me out of my privileged silo, and opened my eyes to the way the world is. When you love someone, you want their lives to be wonderful. As I watched people I love suffer, I discovered my vocation in serving as their ally.
Third, as I've struggled for years to understand the roots of my marginalized neighbor's suffering, I have steadily become convinced that our capitalist economy plays a central role. I believe the current economic system drives life on planet earth farther from shalom, and so I have dedicated myself to transforming that system.