When ‘Doing Good’ Doesn’t

Reverend Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Morgan Reid — 

As Unitarian Universalists we want to help heal what is broken in our world – locally and abroad. We want to help people who are hurting. 

But, when we consult our collective memory we see that history is full of examples of people trying to “help” who end up doing more harm than good. 

The landscape is especially fraught when people of one culture, especially those of a dominant culture, try to “help” people of another culture. 

This month’s theme calls us to be ‘a people of memory;’ so, what lessons can we learn from the past? Is there a way to do “helping” work across cultural differences that is actually, genuinely, “helpful?” Is the very paradigm of “helping” flawed?  Donate

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