May 16, 2020, New York, NY
A Shared Humanity Inspires Building Back Better
As the COVID-19 pandemic has raged across the planet, and we have been confined to our homes, we at CSVGC have been reflecting on how to move ahead as spiritual leaders to address a response to the global community. This is a unique shared experience, which cuts across all barriers and boundaries. The disease itself has no identification with ethnicity, gender, economic status, legalities or spirituality. It affects every human on the planet. Yet, if we come together in solidarity to elicit a response, we might overcome this crisis and come out of it better than we went into it.
During this pause many have been inspired to go within to understand our shared humanity, our shared values, kindness and compassion for all people, as an antidote to adversity and fear. We have been compelled to put our own wellbeing first, in order to reflect that outward into strong and focused leadership. To strengthen our hearts with love for our work and to assure that no one on the planet is left behind in our efforts to recover socially and economically.
Stopping this pandemic and supporting recovery efforts will require a solidarity and collaboration born of innovative strategies with global wellbeing as it’s goal. CSVGC supports leaders in all countries and all sectors to embrace a generosity of spirit to put aside politicization and to put people and their wellbeing first. Once our nations wellbeing are assured, then economic and social sectors will have a platform from which to flourish and innovate. We have an opportunity to reevaluate our policies and put into practice ways in which to build a better planet. Creating environmentally supported, sustainable, healthy economies will allow us to build back better. With that we will infuse hope and resilience into our thinking and actions to ensure human dignity for all people.
We hope that you join us every Monday at 12:00 pm EST to hold this reflection in our hearts and set our intentions for the week in a few moments of communal silence and strength. By coming together, we build a strong platform for change and support each other to see this through.
NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns