I send this out to friends and strangers, to souls in pain over decisions made by organized religious groups. As you grieve and restructure, remember that religion is not God, rituals are not in fact the true practice of faith, and the errant cruelty of a misguided few cannot overshadow the beauty of love, kindness, and connection to the wondrous diversity of humanity.
Diversity continues to be a vibrant topic in Children’s Literature, with many difficult and rewarding conversations taking place. This last week I’ve watched many folks get heated, offended, confused, frustrated, even downright angry–then back off, regroup, and dive back in with civil discourse. Way to lead, all of you. This is how it is done. I think the community is setting an example that I wish politicians and government leaders would follow. Talk. Talk some more. Listen. Listen even harder. Then do the right thing. If you figure out you made a mistake, apologize and try again. Do not give up. Do not quit. I’m proud to know so many children’s authors, especially right now!