Morningside Ministries Response to Racism: June 5, 2020 Update

June 5, 2020 by Alina Kesl
June 5, 2020

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”
Freya Stark, explorer and travel-writer

As an organization, Morningside Ministries believes in putting people first – all people, without regard to the color of their skin or any other God given identifier. The act of putting people first is a characteristic that lies within each Morningside staff member, it’s one of our Core Anchors that enables us to fulfill our mission of enhancing dignity and quality of life; a principle engrained in each of us that guides our daily interactions with one another and each of our residents.

Our hearts are broken by the senseless killing of George Floyd. The events of this past week highlight our country’s ongoing struggle with racism, injustice and inequality. These are issues that some of us have experienced firsthand, and some of us have not. Many of us who have not are asking ourselves what we can do. I believe our Chaplain, Dennis Smith, has given us a starting point. In his devotion on Monday he said, “Let us love our neighbor. Let us share God’s love with all we know, beginning with those that surround us at Morningside; new residents who move into the Morningside community; new staff members who come to work alongside you to care for our residents; others who may not have anyone who shows them love and respect. Let them know that they are loved for the scripture says, ‘God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us’ (Romans 5:5).”

I ask you to join me in listening to each other like we have never done before. Listen and act with an intent to empathize with our fellow brothers and sisters, to find ways to become better teammates, better leaders, and better human beings. Our open hearts and open minds will lead to an appreciation for one another that flourishes in respect and love. In following our innate desire to relate to one another, we can ensure our journey is rooted in our ability to act with compassion and put people first, always.

Pat Crump
Morningside Ministries, CEO