I watched the Ken Burns documentary “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War” on PBS Tuesday night. From the earliest age, growing up Jewish near Skokie, IL, a place with the highest population of Holocaust survivors anywhere besides Israel, I was aware of anti-immigrant prejudice and political fascism and recognized that some lives were valued more than others. I have come to believe that history doesn’t repeat itself; we must continuously fight the forces in us and around us that threaten to overtake the world with the worst, instead of the best, of humanity. We are in another one of those times. The irony of watching this documentary is that now my connection is on the other side. As a Unitarian Universalist minister, how can I be inspired by the courage of the Sharps who helped some of “my people” a generation ago to stand up and do the right thing in the face of today’s many challenges in the world? It is a hard time right now. There are forces rising. We have seen different manifestations of them before. Courage in action doesn’t crave hope, it creates hope. Stay strong, love can win.