David F. Potter is the Senior Mobilizing Manager at Sojourners. In this role he helps equip faith leaders through mobilizing and programming efforts.
Advocating for systemic change is a long-held commitment for David. Prior to Sojourners, David developed and led justice programming with communities on the margins across the U.S. and worked as a Restorative Justice Practitioner in Chicago, IL. He is passionate about contemplative activism, community building, and social healing.
David is a trained mediator and circle keeper and holds a B.A. in Conflict Transformation Studies from North Park University, where he studied reconciliation, spirituality and social change, and critical whiteness. Originally from Akron, OH, he lives in Washington, D.C., where he is active in a neighborhood parish and enjoys keeping house plants alive.
Find him on Twitter @davidfpotter.
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‘White Supremacy Will Not Win Here’: People of Faith to Counter-Protest Alt-Right Rally in Charlottesville
“It is our duty as white folks to dismantle white supremacy,” Caine-Conley said. “… People of color, both black and brown bodies, have been absorbing violence since our country was created as our country. Showing up in body to absorb some of that violence and tension ourselves, to put our bodies in places that black and brown people have been for centuries, is really important as we begin to dismantle white supremacy.”
How Can Spiritual Practice Sustain Activism?
In recognizing the challenges of working for social justice, spiritually-rooted social action provides something of substance to the people in movements. From this place of rootedness, social movements can set intentions that point towards sustainability.
What the Enneagram Can Teach Us About Beloved Community
Transformation, whether offered through the Enneagram or elsewhere, is limited by the courage of those who receive it. Like someone who looks in a mirror and immediately forgets what they look like after departing, knowledge is futile unless taken accountability for. We can close our eyes and pretend circumstances or negative behavior patterns don't exist, but we can't passively will our way into a new reality. Personal growth happens as a result of intentionality and a commitment to doing hard work. Those who have done the hard work of “coming alive” within themselves till rich soil. Out of this place, beloved community will flourish.
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