From Touching Our Strength: The Erotic as Power and Love of God by Carter Heyward, pg. 98:
My people remind me of my roots, my limits, my gifts, and my questions. They help keep me humble – connected, that is, to others, and aware that we are a commonpeople. My people pull me toward the margins of the church, academia, and the disciplines, to the margins even of movements for justice.
My people keep me growing and expect me to be relationally aware. They ask me to be honest with them about what I am doing, what I yearn for, what my commitments are, what I delight in, what I am willing to suffer for, if need be die for – and what I am trying, therefore, to live for. My people ask me to realize and celebrate ways in which my accountability is reliable, trustworthy, and empowering to them as well as to me, which it is not consistently or always.