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20 Years After 9/11: Still Finding Purpose in the Spirit of Service

Flower at the site of 9/11 Memorial

As first published in B The Change

Acting for Justice and Equity

Despite our differences, I continue to believe in the power of coming together for good. I believe deeply that when diverse groups come together to support and defend communities under threat, our democracy in fact grows stronger, people are safer, and we find the best of ourselves as humans.

An Era of Collective Impact

I may be an optimist, but I do believe that the values we share, across cultures and continents, across race and gender, are more powerful than the issues that divide us. I continue to believe that people want to be a part of something that makes the world better, particularly their corner of it. And so, during this coming day of service at Mission Partners, we will gather, this time virtually, to learn and cultivate new ideas for service, to discuss the challenges we all face, and work together to define our role as stewards of service and justice in our communities.

Twenty years has passed since that crisp blue-sky day, and I am as committed as ever to the spirit of service that first drove me to this work. But that does not mean service needs to look the same as it did 20 years ago.