On Monday morning, ten HBT-ers filled a table at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast in Boston. In addition to hearing King's words about justice and love quoted by Massachusetts politicians, we were privileged to hear Rev. Charles R. Stith preach. Stith reminded the 800 attendees, "You don't have to lead a movement, you need to be faithful in the moment." Then he described time after time when change has happened right here in Boston when people were faithful in the moment.
On Shabbat morning, our chapel was filled to hear Miriam Messinger speak about her own experiences with racism, particularly her feelings about race in America after the George Zimmerman verdict this summer. Supported by her wife, Felicia Hayes, and children Amani and Rami, Miriam kept everyone's attention as she pushed us to think more deeply about the racism that is embedded in our society. Miriam was certainly "being faithful in the moment." Her words, and a message from Miriam and Felicia's daughter, Amani, a high school senior, follow. We hope that these acts of courage contribute to making change at HBT, in our city, and in our world.