Shortly I will leave my office to once again attend the Idaho Day of Holocaust Remembrance. While I find this moving each year to hear the stories of what we once allowed to transpire. The true purpose and importance of such an event is not rooted in the past. It is rooted in the present moment. It is rooted in the act of re-membering.
When we hear the stories of oppression, violence, and other-ing of our neighbor to some less than human, less than protected, status – we are reminded of our need to intentionally allow, draw back in, and empower these people into membership with our common human unity, our humanity. We are reminded that it is our responsibility to ensure a society that doesn’t deny the full humanity of any neighbor, that protects the minority, and seeks with strong purpose to include those who are all too easily ignored and neglected.
We are reminded that remembering isn’t a passive act nor an intellectual one. It is an active intention to be about the process of including, building up, and promoting the full inclusion of people in our commonwealth. Remembering claims us for the work of seeking the welfare of all people.
So this day I will hear stories of victims of past ignorance, past hate, and past avoidance. But I will be re-membered in to the work of attending to the way we still promote such hate, such ignorance, such avoidance in our own lives and to our own present neighbors. And I will re-commit to ensuring: NEVER AGAIN!
Hold me accountable to the task, my friends, and join me in the work of remembering and re-membering – this day and all days.