The first half of 2020 has been a time we will never forget. COVID-19. Racial violence and protests. Political chaos. As many of us work from home in close quarters with others also trying to work, study and live in those same homes, it is easy for the discord of the wider world to find its way into our living spaces, creating tension with the very people we value most. In this time, we can turn to Saint John Baptist de La Salle—recalling that he, too, once struggled with the challenge of helping a diverse group of people live and work in close quarters with one another. Drawing on the wisdom of our founder, Ann Garrido will talk about simple ways in which we can best tend to the relationships that matter most to us during a very stressful time.
Ann Garrido, D.Min., is a theologian, conflict mediator and author of several award-winning books, including Redeeming Administration and Redeeming Conflict. Her newest book, Let’s Talk about Truth: A Guide for Preachers, Teachers, and Other Catholic Leaders in a World of Doubt and Discord was released just in time for the pandemic. She will be speaking to us from her closet in Miami, Florida, because it is less likely that her husband will wander by shirtless in there.