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Letter: Salisbury needs mature leadership

“We face a crisis about the common good [today] because there are powerful forces at work among us to resist the common good, to violate community solidarity, and to deny a common destiny. Mature people, at their best, are people who are committed to the common good that reaches beyond private interest, transcends sectarian commitments, and offers human solidarity.”

— Walter Brueggemann,

theologian and author

As a pastor and community organizer, I am always interested in the connection between faith and community. Specifically, how our various and diverse community members can work together to bring about change that benefits all, especially those who live in poverty in our community. These challenging times require leaders who bring people together. Convening power. Enter Al Heggins.

I have worked on several community projects with Al Heggins. She has repeatedly demonstrated an amazing ability to convene people from different backgrounds and beliefs. As the renowned theologian Walter Brueggemann says in the above quote, our world needs “mature people.” Al Heggins is one of those people. A mature leader capable of reaching beyond private interest, rising above silos, and continually extending an invitation for all of us to practice solidarity together. This is a rare asset in these times.

My hope — my strong hope — is that our community will see Al’s candidacy as an opportunity for our beautiful city to enter more into its own sacred purpose.

She has my vote and I hope she has yours.

— The Rev. Anthony Smith

Salisbury

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