Prisoners of Hope
Rev. John Saxon & Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Twenty-five years ago, Cornel West, the well-known African American public intellectual, social critic, and political activist, told young women and men who were about to graduate from college, that what they, our nation, and the world most needed was an “audacious sense of hope.” And God knows that’s even more true today than it was then.
Because an audacious hope (which is completely different from “mere” optimism) is the only thing that can give us the strength, courage, resilience, and persistence to continue the never-ending struggle for justice in the face of inevitable disappointments, defeats, and despair.
Rev. John L. Saxon is the Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina. He served as Assistant Minister and Lead Minister of the UU Fellowship of Raleigh from 2010 to 2017.