But what about tomorrow? What is the future of such a diverse, eclectic community? I believe that Columbia will continue to be a model of what it means to have an "uncommon table," a table set for people of differing ethnicities, diverse opinions and on different rungs of the economic ladder. As we see division, strife and racial tensions simmer beyond the boiling point, I believe Columbia will be looked upon to lead the nation in healing and reconciliation because it is a community created for such a time as this. The hearts of its residents are softened to "the other," the person who doesn't look, talk or vote like them. The soul of its citizenry is open to building bridges to one another. And the mind of this community is focused on healing and reconciliation. In short, I believe that Columbia will be a community rooted in "gracism," a term I coined as a solution to racism and the main ingredient of genuine inclusion. It combines the words "grace" and "racism." Racism is to think, act or speak negatively about someone solely based on color, class or culture. Grace is favor given to us that we can't earn, don't deserve and cannot repay. When you put them together a new term emerges: gracism. The unmerited favor given to others in spite of, and sometimes because of, color, class and/or culture. It means to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. It means to lift others up. It means honoring people who might otherwise never receive honor. It means making sure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.