Daily Practice 2016.03.08

Word:

The vocation fair/resume workshop went very well last night. I ran around doing logistics while the young adults did their thing. One of my favorite things is enabling other people to create things bigger than they ever imagined! And it worked! Woohoo! I am quite tired today, I will probably nap later to make up for the very late night.

Today, I choose for my inspiration, International Woman's Day. I start again with music by Sweet Honey in the Rock, words from Sojourner Truth (with a hat tip to Jamie Dedes for inspiring this selection), and wisdom from Rebecca West along with scripture from several traditions.  I have also been reading the devotional from Reconciling Ministries Network. Today, Elizabeth Evans drops truth regarding the standards that those who are marginalized are held to. Queer people must be morally impeccable. Black people must achieve higher excellence. Women must work twice as long to achieve parity with the dominant culture. Perhaps the challenge is that while we all need sustainability, we do not need to buy into this structure. #itstime to revolt and say enough! Resist as loudly or as subversively as possible the dominant narrative that newer, better, shinier, and more is the highest quality we can aspire to.

I have often dreamed of starting an alternative community somewhere where like minded folks come together, live, and work. Really, something like the ancient Beguines. There is a place in Portland, The Peace House, that does such a thing! They live together, invite others to join for a time, work together, and have values focused on peace, justice, and mercy. And I'm not talking about a shallow peacefulness that is a nod of a head towards the stranger. They live their commitment by actively working against the military industrial complex and the tax structures that support it. They are a committed people, living alternative values of human flourishing smack in downtown Portland.

Onward!

Opening:

Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.

BIBO: Breath In, Breath Out--sigh

Music:

Are We a Nation sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock

This law of immigration, race hatred, separation
Can we find a way to come together?
Right now!!!
Both sides of the conversation
Keep the freedoms of our nation
Any points of view neglected
Civil rights are not protected
Stopped, questioned, blamed, arrested!
I wanna know is it fair?  Is it fair!?

 

Readings:

Ain't I a Woman? by Sojourner Truth

Delivered 1851 at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [member of audience whispers, "intellect"] That's it, honey. What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say.

Sacred Text 

Isaiah 42:14-21
Colossians 1:9-14
Psalm 23
Quran Surah 2.158-167
Daily Buddhism Reading

Please bring your own sacred readings to the daily pattern. Those selected here are chosen from the Christian scripture cycle of daily readings, the Daily Lectionary, at commontexts.org, from the online Quran at clearquran.com and also at quran.com, and from the Daily Reading at dailyzen.com.

Sacred Quotable

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” ― Rebecca West

Prayers:

2016.03.08

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for the US missionary, 21, who sexually abused children in Nairobi, Kenya
for the young girl who was raped and set afire near Greater Noida, India
for a horrorible EU-Turkey deal regarding refugees and asylum seekers
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours,
277 incidents, 75 killed, 192 injured--a large increase
For signs of hope and peace,
for the celebration of international woman's day
for filmmaker Nanfu Wu of China who documented the work of women's rights activists
for access to Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, in prison in Russia, where access had previously been denied
for Pres. Jimmy Carter's cancer free declaration
For Andorra, Austria, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, and Switzerland
For those who suffer, are homeless, or are sick
For those we love, those we hate and those we are indifferent to
For the transformation from ME to WE

Let peace prevail on earth.
So may it be.

Lord’s Prayer:

Translation by Neil Douglas Klotz, Sufi

O Birther! Creator of the Cosmos,
Focus your light within us— make it useful:
Create your reign of unity now-
Your one desire then acts with ours,
as in all light, so in all forms.
Grant what we need each day in bread and insight.
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
as we release the strands we hold
of others’ guilt.
Don’t let surface things delude us,
But free us from what holds us back.
From you is born all ruling will,
the power and the life to do,
the song that beautifies all,
from age to age it renews.
Truly— power to these statements—
may they be the ground from which all
my actions grow: Amen.

May Peace Prevail on Earth. Amen. So mote it be.

2016 03 08

Notes:
"Amen" means "may it be so."
"May peace prevail on earth." is an addition inspired by Michael Dickel 
BIBOLove is an addition attributed to the work of Soyinka Rahim, InterPlay practice, BIBOLove

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News Notes:
Mass shooting resource
Wars in the World
Prayer cycle of the world's countries
Good news

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