What is Solidarity?
"Solidarity has always been more powerful that justice as human glue, for justice is abstract and rational, while solidarity is concrete and mystical." - Peter Kreeft
In a show of solidarity, members of the local American Jewish Committee joined in prayer with parishioners at St. Leo's Catholic Church last Sunday. The parish is comprised primarily of immigrant and refugee parishioners. As one member put it, "The United States turned away Jews who were sent home to death. We can never let this happen again."
Sometimes we can't fully explain what happens when we come together in solidarity. But, when it happens, there is a new unexpected space that opens up. It is mystical, but it happens, and therefore it is concrete. Solidarity is something that is so beautiful that we can only say that it is truly divine. Solidarity is beyond what is legal and contractual; it is relational and covenantal.