Love is local

At Pinewood Forest we have the opportunity to build something remarkable. Although that includes the houses, businesses, parks and public spaces, the real opportunity lies in how we choose to connect with people and treat one another. If it is true that "All politics is local," then is it equally true that "Love is local" as well? While we may not be able to impact how people treat each other on a national scale, we can certainly be intentional about creating a community that is built on a foundation of love and mutual respect.

As a child of the 60's and 70's, I remember seeing young people protest, riots in the street, political unrest, and racial injustice highlighted on the nightly news. As a young child I remember wondering why everyone seemed so angry, and curious about who were they angry at. I could not understand what would make someone kill JFK or MLK or anyone on a national stage. Our country seemed so divided...

As I got a bit older, I remember hearing the term "All politics is local." While I am sure there are more complex definitions of what this phrase means, to me it is a reminder that although our country may be a mess on a national level, the power to change our lives resides in our local community.

We are wrestling with some ideas about how to create an environment where people of all races, ages, faiths and backgrounds feel both welcome and connected. Over the coming months we plan to share these thoughts and see if we can truly deliver on this idea that "love is local."

- Rob Parker, President of Pinewood Forest