Sondra Samuels is the President of the Peace Foundation, which is working to build a grassroots movement to reduce violence in North Minneapolis. Some Nuns on the Northside that I love and admire recommended Sondra as a spiritually grounded leader. I was grateful to soak up some of the passion, vision, and presence that Sondra lives in. We talked about the connections between spirituality, leadership, and community change.
In the above video: Everyone wants meaning; tapping into the God in people; not letting religious language become an obstruction; you don't have to shout, and an impression of Eckart Tolle
More excerpts from the conversation (click on the words to see the video):
The battle we are fighting is not one the eyes; can see visualizing what we want the community to look like; moving mountains for our communities
If I hold onto the need to be right, nothing can work; everyone wants heaven, but nobody wants to die (the audio is choppy, but this one is my favorite clip)
A vision of North Minneapolis: A sea of brown and black kids throwing up their graduation caps...
God is ridiculous; Things that a human would run away from, God says run towards; We are all big balls of energy
Focused on the solution, not the problem; being silent
The first murder in the city this year was on our block