Calling People in Instead of Calling People Out


Here we are – Friday again! It’s been a busy week full of community and compassion. This past Sunday Compassionate Atlanta was part of a panel around the New Sanctuary Movement in support of fair immigration practices. We heard stories of courage and community welcome. Then on Wednesday we were part of a gathering for Atlantans Against Anti-Semitism along with 200+ local educators and community leaders. It was inspiring to be part of a conversation around addressing all forms of hate and bigotry in our schools. And on Thursday night, we were guests at the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Gala to hear incredible stories of local citizens making a difference in our world. The theme was “We Rise.” How beautiful it was to see people rising to get involved as civic leaders, elected officials, and amazing allies. I heard a quote at the gala about “calling people in instead of calling people out.“ Wow. I’d never heard that and yet it struck me as so profound. How do we call people in, listen and connect, rather than call people out and argue with or shame them? This definitely seems like a skill and a practice. It’s my homework. Will you try it with me and let me know how it goes? 

As always, grateful to be on this journey with you,

Leanne Rubenstein 
Executive Director 
Compassionate Atlanta

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