Crisis as a catalyst for change.
Reverend Doctor Mike Pflager, known as “Father Mike,” knows the value of a kairos moment. Kairos— one of two words the ancient Greeks used to refer to time—means a moment of indeterminate length in which conditions are right for crucial action or decision-making. (The other word, chronos, refers to sequential time.)
In a recent New Yorker profile, Father Mike, an activist white priest who leads Chicago’s largest African-American Catholic parish, counts the crisis in Chicago under Mayor Rahm Emanuel as that sort of moment. Following years of charges that city administration had suppressed reporting of police misconduct, video was made public of an officer firing sixteen shots into Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, as he walked away.