Pandemic + Uprising = Revolution
One of the results of the “shelter in place” orders in response to the COVID19 pandemic is that many people stepped off from the hamster wheel of the rat race for the first time. Some folks refer to this spring as #TheGreatPause.
With the cancellation of so many activities combined with the governor’s encouragement to stay home, deep rest was experienced by many exhausted souls. While many essential workers had their loads increased, others had more time for rest and leisure.
The effects of the pandemic combined with the unnecessary death of George Floyd in Minneapolis ignited a global uprising like we haven’t witnessed in some time. More people had the time, energy and willingness to get out into the streets and demand for justice for black, indigenous and people of color (BIPoC).
Several aspects of this response have opened up a bit more hope for me in terms of the larger revolution needed to transform white supremacy culture. First I feel encouraged by the number of people becoming more informed and involved – especially young people.
Secondly, I am heartened by the size and scope of the protests around the globe. Also, the fact that six books on the New York Times best seller list are addressing racial injustice and inequality gives me a modicum of hope that more people are becoming informed and hopefully willing to do the necessary work for meaningful change.
At my LREDA professional Zoom meeting today, I was asked to imagine what explicit and accountable love and liberation as the centering mission of our church community would look like.
My vision includes more members of our congregation actively engaged in the work of creating an anti-racist community where we are wholeheartedly challenging and transforming the characteristics of white supremacist culture which pervade our church and beyond.
As we do the inner work necessary to educate and transform ourselves and our congregation, we can then have even more of a positive impact in the larger world.
May we work to build the beloved community together! May it be so. May we make it so!
Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director
A Summer Prayer
May you breathe in the beauty of summer with its power of transformation. May this beauty permeate all that feels un-beautiful in you.
May the Spirit of Summer give us beauty.
May you seek and find spaces of repose during these summer months. May these moments refresh and restore the tired places within you.
May the Spirit of Summer give us rest.
May you be open to times of celebration and recreation that are so much a part of summer. May you find happiness in these times of play and leisure.
May the Spirit of Summer give us joy.
May your eyes see the wonders of summer’s colors. May these colors delight you and entice you into contemplation and joy.
May the Spirit of Summer give us inner light.
May you feel the energy of summer rains penetrating thirsty gardens, golf courses, lawns and farmlands. May these rains remind you that your inner thirst needs quenching. May your inner self be refreshed, restored, and renewed.
May the Spirit of Summer give us what we need to heal.
May you savor the fresh produce that comes to your table and enjoy the fruits of summer’s bounty.
May the Spirit of Summer give us a sense of satisfaction in the work of our hands.
May you find shelter when the stormy skies of summer threaten your safety.
May the Spirit of Summer give us shelter when inner storms threaten our peace of mind and heart.
May you enjoy the unexpected and find surprises of beauty and happiness as you travel the roads on summer vacation.
May the Spirit of summer lead us to amazing discoveries as we travel the inner roads of our soul as well.
~Prayer adapted from The Circle of Life by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Weiderkehr
Check out this excellent article for families and teachers to address racial issues with kids; it includes many links to a wide variety of additional resources.