Ignite Hope is a way of living. Ignite Hope is a way of living in the moment, and through our daily routines, constantly aware of and recognizing the small and large circumstances in our world that need attention and repair.
How often do we find ourselves instinctively thinking “That shouldn’t be!” when we see situations that are morally wrong? We must be aware of these moments, and not let them pass unheeded, even as we attend to the details of our day.
This attitude of active compassion is a foundational element of virtually all faith traditions and ethical systems. And while each has its own way of expressing this idea, all have in common the notion that how we take care of those in need — the “least of us” — defines who we are as human beings and what we can accomplish as a community, as a people, as a civilization.
Ignite Hope is, ultimately, a new way of seeing: of recognizing how we treat the people we come in contact with and what we do about the causes or ideas we care most passionately about. This bias toward the positive is increasingly thought to be hardwired into our brains, almost as if it were a natural impulse. But Ignite Hope is most of all a reminder that despite the many struggles we face on our journey, we cannot lose sight of what faith teaches us: that through the small and personal behaviors we build into the texture of our lives, we make a meaningful difference in the world around us.