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Dear President Trump:

The Daily Lectionary readings today are about healing.

The psalmist writes, “God heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3) In the Old Testament reading, despite their unfaithfulness, God promises to restore the people, gathering all nations together in God’s presence.” (Jeremiah 3:6-18) In the Gospel reading, Jesus heals a man who had been sick for 38 years. (John 5:1-18)

What does healing look like for our nation? The late civil rights leader and congresswoman Barbara Jordan once said, “A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good.”

Fabrice Guerrier and Jodie Geddes, recent graduates of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, are doing just that – upholding the common good through their exemplary work for healing justice.


(Photo by Howard Zehr (left) and courtesy of Jodie Geddes)

Fabrice and Jodie are young, visionary, energetic and eager to accept a challenge.  They recently accepted the big challenge of serving as board president and vice-president, respectively, for Coming to the Table  — a national organization whose vision for the United States is “of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past—from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned.”

In a recent news release by Eastern Mennonite University, Fabrice said, “We are at a critical point in America where people are hungry for something different.” The same article reports that Jodie is working on a “project to research and map various truth-telling, racial healing, reparations and/or memorialization initiatives around the country.” Says Jodie, “If I am really dreaming big I hope to see a national truth and reconciliation process.”

Mr. President, as you think about how to Make America Great, don’t miss the opportunity to hear from folks like Fabrice and Jodie. I urge you to invite them to the White House. It will be an unforgettable and worthwhile conversation.


J. Daryl Byler