Jesus was a Community Organizer

Palin panned to the audience and got the sneering laugh she was hoping for at the Republican National Convention last week when she said that her former job as a small town mayor was sort like a community organizer, “only with responsibilities.”  Giuliani characterized community organizers as the punch line of a joke.

Of all the jobs I’ve had, community organizer is by far the hardest.  The stakes are high, the pay is low, and the work is reminiscent of Sisyphus’s burden.  But because you believe in what you’re doing and care about the people you work with, you get up and do it all over again, day after day after day.

Community organizers have a ton of responsibilities.  You work to change the world; or at least, to repair it a bit.  

Many community organizers do God’s work and never really get much recognition.  We may not be aware of them, but I wouldn’t want to live in a world without them. Here are a few other community organizers I am thankful helped the arc of the moral universe bend towards justice:



Mother Teresa

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Nelson Mandela

Rosa Parks

Emma Goldman

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Helen Keller

And, of course, Jesus Christ.  And don’t forget — Pontius Pilate had ‘real responsibilities’ as a Governor with Executive experience.


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