Let us move forward into 2018 with hope, fellowship, and vision. Let us draw strength and inspiration from the holidays our community is celebrating as 2017 draws to a close.
From Hanukkah we draw upon the tradition of resistance to governments who oppress minorities and states that seek to dictate the practice of religion. Let us build an America that embraces our minorities and protects even the religions we do not understand.
From Solstice or Yule we embrace the traditions of the wheel—the certainty that light will follow darkness—and learn that this is the time to embrace our connections with one another and with the earth. Let us reconnect with our fellow Americans across the political spectrum and build a community of stewardship of our planet.
From Christmas we hear the words of a Great Teacher:
I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me…Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.
Let us build an America where every child, parent, and grandparent has food, shelter, healthcare, and justice.
From Kwanzaa we reflect on the power of community for commerce, problem solving, and building a better world. Let us re-create an American economy that respects the rights of workers and ensures financial security for families. And let us re-build our roads, our internet neutrality, and our communities.
All these holidays share the symbolism of light, of candles. Let us go into 2018 as candles ready to rekindle the fires of hope, equality, empowerment, justice, and action in the hearts of America.