Daily Practice for 2016.03.19

Word:

Yesterday, a lawmaker in Utah literally "coughed and sneezed" long enough for a discrimination bill to die. The bill would have "barred same-sex couples from being joint tenants for tax purposes." There was a record-breaking filibuster in Missouri to stop a version of a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Discrimination seems to be sweeping across the country. I was not a part of the civil rights movement in the 1950's-1960's, but I do know my history. We have already fought this battle. These new laws will be found unconstitutional. But while we wait for the Supreme Court to get cases, people will be legally free to apply their bigotry, just as they were during the Jim Crow era. Jim Crow allowed "separate but equal" access for "white and black." These laws do the same, but expand it for any religious discrimination you desire. Don't like Jews? Don't like the LGBTQ community? Don't like people of color? Go ahead! Find a religious justification and you can bar them from your hardware store. It is horrible and people will be harmed. Honestly, nobody is harmed if I buy a widget from you. But if you out me and won't sell to me, the harm may be grave. Or if you are the only widget seller in the county, the economic burden passed is unfair. People have been fighting to repeal the gains of the civil rights era ever since they passed. We are going backwards. The question is, what will we do about it? Discrimination must not be allowed to stand.

Today's practice is inspired with music by Holly Near, a poem from The Prophet of Life, and sacred wisdom from Harvey Milk along with scripture from several traditions.  I have also been reading the devotional from Reconciling Ministries Network. Today, Rev. Frank Schaeffer reminds me:

"As we follow our conscience and take a stand, it's natural to experience confrontation and even fear."

#itstime to stand for inclusion and love not legalized bigotry.

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--yum

Music:

Singing for Our Lives by Holly Near

We are a gentle, loving people
and we are singing, singing for our lives

 

Readings:

Stand Up and Be Counted by The Prophet of Life

In the ranks of the financially disabled
Veterans in the war on poverty
The battle is to put food on the table
But unity is what we need to plant the seeds of prosperity

If you’re alive then show it
Stand up
Stand up and be counted
Cause people will forget you if you give them
A reason to doubt it
If you’re alive then show it
Stand up
Stand up and be counted

Soldiers in the fight against inflation
Use the boycott to drive those prices down
Hold out don’t give in to frustration
Hit them in the pocketbook and pretty soon they'll come around 

Sacred Text
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Lamentations 3:55-66
Mark 10:32-34
Psalm 31:9-16
Quran Surah 2.216-220
Bhagavad Gita 2.23-27

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Sacred Quotable

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights...it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” ― Harvey Milk

Prayers:

2016.03.19

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for the suicide bombing in Istanbul
for those affected by the plane crash in Russia
for the expansion of solitary confinement in Australia
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours,
282 incidents, 70 killed, 173 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
For the implementation of a civilian oversight board in Newark, NJ
for the new rules from the FTC governing phone call costs for those imprisoned
for the many people throughout the world working to make children's lives better
for the Netherlands closure of 8 prisons
For Myanmar and Thailand
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 19

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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Today's Scriptures:

Lamentations 3:55-66

Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures--The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text

55I have called on Your name, O LORD, From the depths of the Pit.
56Hear my plea; Do not shut Your ear To my groan, to my cry!
57You have ever drawn nigh when I called You; You have said, “Do not fear!”
58You championed my cause, O LORD, You have redeemed my life.
59You have seen, O LORD, the wrong done me; Oh, vindicate my right!
60You have seen all their malice, All their designs against me;
61You have heard, O LORD, their taunts, All their designs against me, “Until the LORD looks down from heaven And beholds my affliction. The LORD has brought me grief.”
62The mouthings and pratings of my adversaries Against me all day long.
63See how, at their ease or at work, I am the butt of their gibes.
64Give them, O LORD, their deserts According to their deeds.
65Give them anguish of heart; Your curse be upon them!
66Oh, pursue them in wrath and destroy them From under the heavens of the LORD!

Mark 10:32-34

The Voice version

32At length, they made their way toward Jerusalem. Jesus was walking ahead of them. As they neared the city, wonder and amazement filled them. But soon those who were following began to tremble.

Jesus (taking the twelve aside): 33Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and there the Son of Man is going to be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes. They shall seek His death and deliver Him to the outsiders to carry out that sentence. 34Then people will mock Him, spit upon Him, whip Him, and kill Him. But on the third day, He will rise again.

Psalm 31:9-16

Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures--The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text

8Let me exult and rejoice in Your faithfulness
    when You notice my affliction,
    are mindful of my deep distress,
9and do not hand me over to my enemy,
but grant me relief.

10Have mercy on me, O LORD,
for I am in distress;
my eyes are wasted by vexation,
my substance and body too.

11My life is spent in sorrow,
my years in groaning;
    my strength fails because of my iniquity,
my limbs waste away.

12Because of all my foes I am the particular butt of my neighbors,
a horror to my friends;
those who see me on the street avoid me.

13I am put out of mind like the dead; I am like an object given up for lost.

Quran Surah 2.216-220

Quran: A Simple English Translation

216 Fighting [in defence] is ordained for you, abhorrent as it may be to you. You may dislike something although it is good for you, or like something although it is bad for you: God knows but you do not.

217 They ask you about fighting in the sacred month. Say, ‘To fight [in a sacred month] is a grave matter; but barring people from the path of God, to deny Him, and expelling people from the Sacred Mosque are far graver in His sight; and persecution is worse than killing.’ They will not stop fighting you until they make you renounce your faith, if they can. Whoever of you turns back from his faith and dies as a denier of the truth will have his deeds come to nothing in this world and the Hereafter, and he will be an inhabitant of the Fire, to abide therein forever.

218 But those who have believed, migrated, and striven for God’s cause, can look forward to God’s mercy: God is forgiving and merciful.

219 They ask you [Prophet] about intoxicants and gambling. Say, ‘There is great sin in both, although they have some benefit for people: but their harm is greater than their benefit.’ They ask you what they should spend [in God’s cause]. Say, ‘Whatever is surplus to your needs.’ Thus God makes His commandments clear to you so that you may reflect

220 upon this world and the Hereafter. They ask you about orphans. Say, ‘Promotion of their welfare is an act of great goodness. There is no harm in your living together with them, for they are your brothers. God knows the mischief-maker from the reformer. If God had so willed, He would have afflicted you with hardship. Surely, God is mighty and wise.’

Daily Buddhism Reading 

Bhagavad Gita

[2.23 – 27]

The sharpest sword will not pierce it;
the hottest flame will not singe it;
water will not make it moist; wind
will not cause it to wither.

It cannot be pierced or singed,
moistened or withered;
it is vast, perfect and all-pervading,
calm, immovable, timeless.

It is called the Inconceivable,
the Unmanifest, the Unchanging.
If you understand it in this way,
you have no reason for your sorrow.

Even if you think that the Self
is perpetually born and perpetually dies—
even then, Arjuna,
you have no reason for your sorrow.

Death is certain for the born;
for the dead, rebirth is certain.
Since both cannot be avoided,
you have no reason for your sorrow.

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