Micah Bucey is one of S&P's film reviewers. A United Church of Christ-ordained minister, he currently serves Judson Memorial Church of New York City, a congregation committed to curiously seeking the intersections between spirituality, justice, and creativity. We have been posting his short prayers that touch upon the concerns of populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, he has focused on black lives taken and the protests springing up around the world. We will continue to add to his prayers for those killed, for protestors, and more.

Here are the prayers: July 9th Tiny Prayer (for our educators):

May you feel surrounded by gratitude for the love and expertise you bring to your vocation, and as our elected officials hem and haw about money, politics, and power, may you deeply know how appreciated your work is, may you deeply know that you are the keepers and sharers of wisdom, of ethics, of history, all things we sorely need right now, and may you deeply know how many of us are prepared to fight with you to make certain that deep education overcomes shallow greed.
Amen

July 5th Tiny Prayer (for those who are still reflecting on the change that needs to come):
May you take this reflection and turn it into action, seeking continuing education, especially when it is inconvenient or overwhelming, learning that it is not enough to simply admire those who are rising up, speaking out, unearthing, and dismantling, but that admiration must always inspire motion if it is to be anything but empty, and that true creation is not a spectator sport, but must rather become an ever-deepening, ever-spreading invitation to collaboration, especially for those who could easily continue to watch from the sidelines.
Amen

July 4th Tiny Prayer (for those who simply can’t celebrate this holiday):
May you send solidarity to those who are fighting for this country to own up to its massive failures and live up to its own promises, may you give gratitude to those who have poured their passion into the transformations that we now so often take for granted, and may you challenge yourself to continually exist in the sweet, generous spot between independence and interdependence, until collective freedom is not just a hopeful destination but an actively lived reality.
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July 3rd Tiny Prayer (for those who are discovering way too many new things about themselves):
May you take these surprises, the attractive and the less attractive, and acknowledge that these fragments of your personality and history have always existed inside you, some flying more stealthily under your own radar than others, and may you invite yourself into a more intentional mode of self-reflection, nurturing the surprises that offer strength and healing and reshaping the surprises that conjure fear and anxiety, comforted by the fact that you are far from alone in this present mirror-gazing, that your individual self-excavation is important to a collective reckoning, and that your introspective discoveries are vital to the sustaining of this continuing communal revelation.
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July 2nd Tiny Prayer (for those who just can’t understand how busy they feel):
May you remember that there is an added layer of stress and sadness to everything you are doing right now, that we are all confronting a maddening disconnect, even in the midst of our most mundane activities, that making daily decisions about masks, sheltering, safety, health, and an uncertain future is a full-time job (on top of all of our other work!), may we acknowledge that this added line to our job description is actually impossible to do well, since we’ve had no real training, and may this knowledge fill us with uncommon patience for one another, and especially for ourselves.
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June 29th Tiny Prayer (for those who are having trouble speaking up):
May you reframe your own discomfort as a new kind of freedom, a breaking of societal tethers that have taught you that keeping the peace is the key to your own survival, that complaining quietly is the way to remain politic, and may you push yourself to listen closely for what is actually being demanded of you in each moment, find every oppressive crack where the raising of your voice is necessary, and connect your activating unease to every struggle for liberation, especially those you could conveniently, silently ignore.
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June 28th Tiny Prayer (for the forequeers who have gotten us this far):
May you feel enveloped in gratitude today as we proudly honor the largest and smallest steps toward liberation, may you feel how deeply your fierce, scarred spirits move with and through us, may your voices join ours as we cry out that liberation is not complete until all can taste it, hold it, and share it, and may you bask in new possibility, as we take this communal passion to the streets, mixing our celebrations of progress with our memories of pain and our demands for continuing change, marching forward, nudging, stretching, and carrying this world into far queerer, more liberative tomorrows.
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June 27th Tiny Prayer (for those who are holding too much inside):
May you remember that this near-bursting feeling is the steady growth of your empathy muscle, keeping you alive, keeping you transforming, keeping you committed to all other living beings, and when this seems overwhelming, when the pressure threatens to crack your own structure, may you remember that our individual task is never to seek to contain it on our own, but to open up and out, fusing with the tendons, muscles, and bones of everyone around us, until we together create larger, sturdier, more flexible systems to share the weight.
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June 26th Tiny Prayer (for those who are occupying New York City Hall):
May your bodies be surrounded by safety and your spirits surrounded by solidarity, may your voices and demands be heard by those with the power to enact sweeping change, and may your prophetic witness teach us all to light fresh pathways to equity beyond our easy status quos, economic justice beyond our boring quick fixes, and reparative visions beyond our wildest human imaginings.
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June 25th Tiny Prayer (for those who just don’t know where to start):
May you take a step toward humility today, seeking education, making a connection, asking a question, investigating a privilege, a bias, a given, an assumption, and may you be honest with yourself about the daunting reality of how much work there is to do, but may you also be honest with others about your need for collaboration, knowing that this work is not yours to do alone, and also knowing that this fact does not clear you of individual obligation, but rather demands your daily, active, evolving participation in the continuing co-creative work.
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June 23rd Tiny Prayer (for the bubbles on our ballots):
May you be so filled with the ink of our pens that the hope we pour into you spills over, flowing out past the walls of our "privacy booths," connecting every heart, every hand, every vote, and may you become bubbles that do much more than register data, floating high enough to surprise, clinging one to another, modeling how to dance a Revolution, admitting fear of fragility, opening wider and wider, encircling us in bigger shapes, beyond what myopic human imaginations can conjure, reminding us that there is an “us” bubbling somewhere beneath it all, even, and especially, when we are partitioned off.
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June 21st Tiny Prayer (for those who father in myriad ways):
May you continue to seek pathways to parenting that extend beyond the merely biological or patriarchal, embodying the fact that each of us is an ever-evolving combination of child and parent, gathering collective wisdom to pass down to the next generation and collective gratitude to pass up to those who have taught us how to grow, and may we all always seek and model mutuality over muscle, solidarity over stoicism, and co-creative community over cruel callousness.
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June 20th Tiny Prayer (for residents of the Greenwood district):
May you be surrounded by safety and solidarity as you continue your Juneteenth festivities while blatant racism and danger gather right outside your community’s perimeter, and may the memory of the horrors that happened there a century ago mix with the images of this current brazen act of white supremacist gathering and remind us all that this country has so far to go, that we cannot even begin to address scars if we keep pouring salt into open wounds, and that reparations must be actively offered in order for repair to even be remotely possible.
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June 19th Tiny Prayer (for a country confronting its history):
May you stay forever passionate about this dismantling, long after the news cycle stops covering it, long after the trend followers move on to other things, long after you have exited your comfort zone and entered a new life of transformative discomfort, and may you always remember that, once the spotlight shifts away, it is in the daily drudgery of the personal and the political that the deepest, realest work continues.
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June 18th Tiny Prayer (for those who are having to change their minds):
May you generously examine evidence that is new to you, may you call yourself to continually witness the lived experiences of the oppressed, especially when they challenge the core givens you’ve always taken for granted, may you normalize the act of humble question-asking and honest self-interrogation, and may you never stop becoming a better version of yourself.
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June 17th Tiny Prayer (for those who are still afraid to come out):
May you be lifted by the progress and protections shifting all around you and may you find the support you need to sustain this lift, recognizing that this kind of encouragement doesn’t always come from biological family, and knowing that, even with progress and protections, dangers still lurk, and may you find clear pathways to chosen family unfolding, beckoning for you to leave the isolating harm of the closet and to move confidently into the open air, trusting that there are countless others who know this journey well and who will lovingly travel right alongside you, following your own unique pace.
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June 16th Tiny Prayer (for the Supreme Court of the United States):
May you feel the cries of celebration beaming your way today, not because you have handed us a gift, but because you have listened to collective wisdom and collective heart and combined both with your collective power to make change, and may you remember that you can always do this with every decision you make, and that we will absolutely be here to applaud you when you do and to challenge you when you need a reminder to pay attention to the more fabulous angels of your nature.
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June 15th Tiny Prayer (for those who are entering difficult conversations):
May you remember that authenticity is not an attack, that perfection is not the point, that creating relationship is a constantly evolving act, and may you offer yourself wholly, listening for the pain inside what’s actually being said, feeling yourself not merely leaving your old assumptions behind, but actively, carefully co-creating something packed with honest-to-goodness possibility.
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June 14th Tiny Prayer (for our Trans, GNC, and Non-Binary neighbors):
May you deeply know that you are nothing less than our brightest hopes for the future, and as the government challenges your rights, as celebrities malign your identities, as society both exoticizes and harms your bodies, as the mainstream media quickly moves past your stories and struggles, may you also deeply know that a growing chorus of us are committing to speaking up, calling out, and fighting like heaven to make sure that you are not only our brilliant future, but also seen, valued, celebrated, and protected now, here, in our slowly but steadily queering present.
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June 13th Tiny Prayer (for those who are overwhelmed by the enormity of the work ahead):
May you tread this vast, deep whirlpool, feeling this movement buoyed by mutual aid, countless helpers lifting each task together, and if you are new to this fight, may you see what has been accomplished in just a matter of days, and if you have been fighting this fight for years, may you see the fruits of that commitment surging vibrantly to life, calling more and more souls to this communally supported churning, each gift of individual generosity pouring sustainability into these expanding waves of collaborative motion.
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June 12th Tiny Prayer (for those who see change on the horizon):
May you take in this vision and know that your next step is to move from witness to testifier, from admirer to co-creator, from absorber to enactor, a shift that requires a thoughtful balance of speaking up about things that matter, breathing through things that don’t, questioning your own fragile assumptions, strengthening the muscles required to lift up the voices that challenge you, and actively becoming that change you see coming, instead of simply waiting for it to arrive.
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June 11th Tiny Prayer (for those who are afraid of messing up):
May you take this fear and reshape it into thoughtful, generous intention, not worrying about getting anything perfect, but rather trusting a combination of your gut and those around you to tell you when you might listen instead of talk, when you might welcome education and invitation, and when you might let go of your ego and simply say, “I’m sorry. Let me try that again.”
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June 10th Tiny Prayer (for those who are uncomfortable):
May you think back on each truly transformative moment of your life and remember that you were breathtakingly uneasy every time, may you hold these memories as the reactivating sustenance you need now, especially whenever you feel like quitting, going back into hiding, or clinging to chains of comfort, and may you listen closely to the pangs, appreciating each as a very necessary step toward a new kind of freedom, for all and for you.
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June 9th Tiny Prayer (for those who are waking up):
May you trust this bright, shining feeling and share it eagerly with others, especially those who are still aching to get up and those who are actively rolling over and going back to sleep, and may you deeply appreciate that your most important imperative now is not to proudly hold your own healthily lit wick high and out of reach, but to offer it forward to light the wicks that are struggling to catch fire themselves.
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June 8th Tiny Prayer (for the Minneapolis City Council):
May your active witness be a model for all cities, calling each to realize how powerfully simple a first step can be when those with power listen to those with imagination, may you stay firm to your vote, especially as it is challenged by those with no vision, and may your example push us all to continue to broaden our own imaginations, until the power of the racist, historical status quo gives way to a sweeping, creativity-fueled, prophetic reshaping of community support, sustenance, and safety for all.
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June 7th Tiny Prayer (for those who are feeling galvanized):
May you take this shot of hopeful adrenaline and, as you use most of it to fuel your energetic participation in this moment, may you also preserve some of it in the deepest part of your heart, remembering that this high will probably also give way to moments of individual and collective discouragement, and that it is in those low moments that you will need to go to your reserves, take that bit of hope you’ve saved, remember that this is a movement, not just a collection of moments, refuel, and keep moving.
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June 6th Tiny Prayer (for those who are listening):
May you realize that this is just the next step of a never-ending process, that this will always be about continuing hygiene, that these current reforms to public policy, to cruel systems, to centuries of brutality are only the next wave of a necessary sea change, and may you know that you can weather this sea by continuing to listen, continuing to act, continuing to swim here in these uncomfortable waters, inviting more and more people deeper in, especially when the masses try to head back to the comfortable shore too early.
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June 5th Tiny Prayer (for Breonna Taylor, fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers on March 13, 2020):
Thank you for your spirit and service, for the help you brought to the world and the dedication you brought to that work, and on this, what would have been your twenty-seventh birthday, as we highlight and hashtag names, may we always remember your life, may we condemn the systemic, racist violence that ended it, may we demand accountability from those who stole it, and may we commit ourselves to never forgetting and loudly celebrating the contributions and courage of Black women, not only after their deaths, but while they live and lead us.
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June 4th Tiny Prayer (for George Floyd, killed by police officers in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020):
Thank you for the loving life you lived and for the leadership you modeled, truths that will be celebrated as memorials for your life begin today, and may these memorials continue to underline the fact that you were born to live, not to simply be a hashtag, that you were born to breathe, not to simply be a symbol, that the racist systems of this country have stolen your life and forced you into this hashtag-symbol status, and that we must not simply memorialize, but do the work, until all Black lives can live and breathe freely, and there are no more needs for hashtags or symbols.
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June 3rd Tiny Prayer (for those who are glued to their screens and/or the streets):
May you make plans to regularly step away for several moments a day, knowing that the news is out there, that the fight is out there, that the sustaining of a movement is bigger than you, that it requires you to take care of your body and soul, which means breathing into the horrors you already know, taking a break from ingesting more, and trusting your communities to continually balance the work, staggering participation so that the collective spirit moves, even during the moments when you are at necessary rest.
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June 2nd Tiny Prayer (for queer folks):
May you center your pride in the truth that the foundation of our community’s liberation was birthed by the fed-up strength of Trans* women of color, may that centering demand that we each come out, again and again, against white supremacy and colonization, against state-sanctioned brutality, against our own tendencies to assimilate and co-opt, and may we all continue to fly our mutual aid freak flags long past any government-issued curfew and long past June.
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June 1st Tiny Prayer (for injured protesters):
May your wounds heal and your bodies rest, may you feel the solidarity and gratitude of so many surrounding you as you restore yourself to fight again, may this country open its collective heart to see the true root of the violence, the true source of the stress, the festering sores that white supremacist power continually salts, and may we bear witness to these injuries, naming them loudly before we rush to cover them with our same old tired, ineffectual Band-aids.
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May 31st Tiny Prayer (for those who don’t feel well or strong enough to be protesting in the streets):
May you remember that there are many ways to contribute to a movement, that this pandemic has taught us that we can connect, support, and make change even when we can’t be in the physical spaces we wish to be inhabiting, and that all of us are needed, no matter where we are, because this is a deep dismantling of centuries of oppression, requiring a commitment that must last far longer than any quarantine.
Amen

May 30th Tiny Prayer (for bus drivers who are refusing to transport protesters to precincts):
May your modeling of unmovable solidarity move us all, may we all witness the powerful potential of refusing to offer our services and loyalties to the very power structures that rampantly run over the most powerless, and may this country, at long last, do the work we must do in order to choose a different destination.
Amen

May 29th Tiny Prayer (for those who are protesting):
May your cries dig painfully into each of our hearts until we are all dragged out of our own quiet, and may your act of doing something generative with your rage compel us all to do something generative with our rage, while always listening most deeply to those most suffocated by violent, systematized oppression, and showing up in every way possible, through amplification, education, association, and donations.
Amen


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