Poetry of witness; Kate Lovelady, Leader

One of the greatest challenges faced by those who are concerned about an ethical problem in the world, whether that problem is war, global warming, or genocide in Darfur, is how to make other people care about it. In the past, perhaps, this was primarily a problem of getting and disseminating information. These days, graphic pictures and lists of grim statistics get swept aside a week later by a new avalanche of information. When the average person is numbed by “compassion fatigue,” how can people’s consciences be awakened, and kept awake? One way is through a more creative and vital use of language. This Sunday we’ll look at how our use of language can motivate and inspire and hear some words that will move us to tears, hope, and action.