The Events of Yesterday
It is difficult to put into words the emotions that were provoked by what we saw happening at the United States Capitol yesterday afternoon.
Across the country and the world, people watched the desecration of the seat of our government, and they were horrified—as was I. For those of us who live here in the Washington metro area, it truly did feel like a home invasion—a great violation of sacred common values, important to our nation and this community that we share.
I was encouraged that all our elected congressional representatives returned to the work of government that was interrupted by the violence against them—and for their full-throated condemnation of this attack on our democracy.
One of the things I appreciate about these United States is our great diversity of ideas and all the ways in which it enriches and shapes our life together. That diversity is fundamental to our pursuit of a just and equitable society and includes the privilege to peaceably protest opposing views.
However, aggression and violence in the pursuit of political goals is always undeniably wrong and unacceptable—regardless of one’s views and personal convictions. Violence is contrary to our ideals and democracy. It threatens our way of life.
The values that we choose to live by—both individually and as an organization—are the most tangible way that we can demonstrate our desire to reach those fundamental goals of justice, equity and unity in our country.
For all of us at Adventist HealthCare, these are the moments in which our Mission to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental, and spiritual healing is tested and proven. In our mission and our RISES values, we echo the convictions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said, "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."
As an Adventist HealthCare team member, if you are experiencing and processing difficult emotions in the midst of an already challenging period of time, please connect with our various employee resources. Our Spiritual Care team is available to provide ongoing support. In addition, our LifeWork Strategies clinicians are available via our Employee Assistance Program Access Line. Furthermore, I encourage you to read through these various practical coping strategies (Employees Only).
I also invite you to join me in prayer for our leaders and the healing of our nation. May the light of God’s grace be shed on our country. And may we always be true to our Mission and values.
* The Adventist HealthCare Employee Assistance Program Access Line is 877-252-8550