Perfect Timing

Is it fortuitous the Pope is here on Yom Kippur ? ( the Jewish high holiday and Day of Atonement.) Yom KippurThe Pope has made peace and justice central to his message, President Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring lasting peace to the International community.Today President Obama met Pope Francis when his plane landed at Camp David.Whatever your religious or political beliefs are – you gotta wonder , What did they say to each other? Both events received negative attention from the media. I am personally a big fan of President Obama meeting the leader of 70 million Catholics in the US. I am also a big fan of Yom Kippur and the Jewish practice of atonement, Wouldn’t it be great if the two celebrated their Judeo Christian roots and visited a Synagogue tomorrow for morning prayers ? That would be a sign of inclusion.

President Obama Welcomes Pope Franci              sPOPE-hp-ss-slide-26EF-thumbStandard

Published by Jane Bleasdale PhD

Jane.Bleasdale, PhD is Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Leadership Studies in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco (USF). Dr.Bleasdale has lived and taught in the United Kingdom, The Bahamas and the United States, Her career as an educator now spans three decades. Dr. Bleasdale previously served as a high school administrator focusing on equity and inclusion through personnel and student development Her doctoral research focused on equity and inclusion in high schools and specifically the experience of Black, Latino and LGBTQ students. She has recently conducted research on social and emotional wellness of students, the impact of school leaders on creating inclusive communities and critical feminist perspectives on leadership.Current research focuses on the experience and impact of women leaders with intersectional identities. Dr.Bleasdale is the principal investigator on a participatory action research project at USF collaborating with 10 doctoral students on a new paradigm for equitable leadership focused on critical feminst perspectives.

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