I am so disappointed in the legal system today. How could all seven people who took over a federal facility be found not guilty (Malheur National Wildlife Refuge)? We saw this play out on national television. We know they physically took over with threat of guns and what not.
Fast forward to the Standing Rock issue playing out between many Native Americans, police, and a corporation that wants to build a pipeline under sacred water. We know arrests are happening right and left. Including arresting and harassing people while they pray and arresting reporters. I do wish that we would stop framing this as a water issue, although it is that. It is a religious issue for Native Americans. These are sacred waters. People were arrested while praying.
What would happen if a white, man was arrested for protecting his communion table while praying in his church? It is hard to miss the difference in race and how these two groups were treated differently.
I am sad.
How are you seeing these two situations?
Are they linked?
Today's practice brings music from Anilah, thoughts from Alan Watts, a sacred quote from Martin Luther King Jr., and a photo from Peg Hunter at flickr. Along with readings from the Jewish and Christian lectionaries, the Qur'an, and the Buddhist tradition. And as always, we have our BIBOLOVE practice from Soyinka Rahim. (BIBO = Breathe In, Breathe Out). Our prayers for this week focus on India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
Also, we are looking for regular contributors to our Tuesday prayer practice. If you would like to make contributions, please let me know!
Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.
BIBOLOVE: Breath In, Breath Out--sigh
Calling The Others by Anilah
The Rhythmic Dance of Existence by Alan Watts
Jewish Daily Reading: Daily Study from Chabad
Christian Daily Reading: Revised Common Lectionary Daily Reading
Muslim Daily Reading: Daily Verse from The Only Quran
Buddhist Daily Reading: Daily Zen
Please bring your own sacred readings to the daily pattern. If there is something else you'd like to see, let me know!
“Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into impoverished reservations.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
Weekly prayer focus comes from the World Council of Churches prayer cycle. We know the world needs to be surrounded with prayer and positive thought. This allows us to work through the world country by country. We focus on one set of countries per week with the same prayer, lifting them up.
Focus countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Let us pray.
We know that we fail to live up to being makers of peace. Let us bring in rather than push out, be invitational rather than confrontational--seeing signs of life while decrying the desecration of hope.
For signs of hope and peace, we pray for
- A rich history and culture that spans several millennia.
- Ethnic and religious diversity throughout this region.
- The devotion and faith of those who work with the poor, refugees, orphans, the dying, and the hungry.
- Those who cross boundaries of clan and religion in order to make peace.
- Educational institutions and hospitals that continue to serve all people irrespective of their religion, caste or creed.
- Traditional musical instruments such as tablas, mridungum, sitars, and the innumerable ragas.
For the oppressed and weary, we pray for
- Government stability, rule of law, the strengthening of human rights and the ability of different groups to work with one another.
- Afghan refugees who live in Pakistan, internally displaced people, war victims and war widows in Sri Lanka.
- Reconciliation and peace between Pakistan and India, denuclearization and a reduction of the arms race between in India and Pakistan, and an end to the threat of nuclear war.
- Peace and harmony among different ethnic and religious communities in these countries.
- Those who struggle to overcome grinding poverty.
- All those who continue to be socially, politically, economically and culturally marginalized and discriminated, especially the Dalits, tribals and other Indigenous Peoples in these countries.
- Those affected by flooding, drought, environmental pollution, cyclones, and earthquakes.
- Sustained peace, harmony and reconciliation in Sri Lanka and the restoration of trust among the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils.
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.
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.