In Praying the News
God of justice, give us voice,
take away our fear, shake up our prejudices,
and move us to a different place,
to stand on common ground
with those who struggle for justice.
— Iona Community in The Pattern of Our Days by Kathy Galloway, editor
Womb of All
In the midst of a failing world,
You draw us into community with You,
And one another.
Contain us with the faithfulness
Of your motherly-compassion.
That, nurtured by your care,
We mother all who are in need
Of groundedness in You.
Birth-giver of the earth and skies
And all that is,
You are the one Divinity, now and forever,
— Mary Kathleen Speegle Schmitt in God Has No Religion edited by Frances Sheridan Goulart
God is calling each one of us in our own way
to help build "an Ark", a community of love
where love conquers hatred,
inclusion conquers exclusion,
unity conquers division.
Let us ask Jesus to help us to hear this call within each of our hearts.
— Jean Vanier in Befriending the Stranger
Core of Community
(Acts 2: 43-47)
With you as the nucleus
Of every group that gathers,
Differences are respected
And tensions are overcome.
Those speaking from the edge
Gain a listening ear.
Egos maintain a low profile.
With you as Core of Community
Peace abides and love abounds.
Today: The Core of Community affects my relationships.
— Joyce Rupp in Fragments of Your Ancient Name
Accepting the Sacredness of All
You are the source and resource of all purposed and created life.
In an attitude of gratitude I accept your forgiveness and grace to forgive myself.
I accept your encouragement to learn what it means to be authentically human and make peace with my own humanity,
So that I can accept the sacredness of other beings.
With thanksgiving, I accept the spiritual, ethical, and moral responsibility for my own inner healing and joy.
I embrace the mystery of healthy loving relationships
As I learn to be an agent of change, reason, and tenderness upon the earth
That is an outpouring of your love for all life.
I accept your help so that I may learn to live honorably in covenant community,
Lifting my voice in care over criticism.
— Adei-Mai Morningstar Greenpastures, Frances Sheridan Goulart in God Has No Religion edited by Frances Sheridan Goulart
See also Lovingkindness for All Children.