Invitation to Brave Space

Image by Adam gong/Unsplash, Public Domain Dedication (CC0).

Invitation to Brave Space

Together we will create brave space.
Because there is no such thing as a “safe space” —
We exist in the real world.
We all carry scars and we have all caused wounds.
In this space
We seek to turn down the volume of the outside world,
We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere,
We call each other to more truth and love.
We have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow.
We have the responsibility to examine what we think we know.
We will not be perfect.
This space will not be perfect.
It will not always be what we wish it to be.
It will be our brave space together,
We will work on it side by side.

Published September  11, 2020 in “On Being“.

Since I first read this on the “On Being” website, it has been found that Jones plagiarized this from the poem Beth Strano wrote in 2015. Thus “On Being” has taken down the plagiarized rework of Strano (to see Jone’s statement of admission, see Micky ScottBey Jones Facebook page). Admittedly, Jones wrote her edition based on the image of a door of an anarchist group in Phoenix known as “The Sp(a)ce”. Though Jones tried to find the author, it wasn’t until her poem went viral that the original author was found… talk about an invitation to brave space…

Micky ScottBey Jones calls herself the Justice Doula; she is an author, speaker & facilitator and the Director of Healing & Resilience Initiatives with the Southern-based collective Faith Matters Network and an Associate Fellow of Racial Justice with Evangelicals for Social Action. Find her on Twitter at @iammickyjones

The opening line caught my attention for its honesty and its invitation,

“Together we will create brave space. Because there is no such thing as a “safe space” — We exist in the real world.”

I ache to be able to co-create brave spaces in a time of division and separation in my personal space and in the spaces around me.

Though it is the invitation to community, I believe the thread that connects us all to the  desire to connect is the Triune God: Father, Son, and Spirit in expressive and eternal communion from which we gain, grow, and give each other the connection for which we were created.

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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3 Responses to Invitation to Brave Space

  1. Lesley says:

    A beautiful poem and, yes, those opening lines are striking because of the truth in them.

    Liked by 1 person

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