Responsive Reading from the U.N. Environmental Sabbath Program

Posted December 30, 2010 in Opening and Closing Readings. Tagged: ,

LEADER:

We have forgotten who we are.  We have alienated ourselves from the unfolding of the cosmos.

ALL:

We have become estranged from the movements of the earth.  We have turned our backs on the cycles of life.

LEADER:

We have sought only our own security; we have exploited simply for our own ends; we have distorted our knowledge; we have abused our power.

ALL:

Now the land is barren, and the waters are poisoned, and the air is polluted.

LEADER:

Now the forests are dying, and the creatures are disappearing, and the humans are despairing.

ALL:

We ask forgiveness.

We ask for the gift of remembering.

We ask for the strength to change.

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