Archive for Opening and Closing Readings

Courage and Common Security, by Rev. Myke Johnson

UU Minister Rev. Myke Johnson gave a wonderful sermon on Resilience Circles at her church in Portland, Maine.  Her church will be starting Resilience Circles this winter.  Here are her thoughts about the spiritual values at work in clubs: On a deeper level, as a spiritual community, we articulate important and enduring values, countering the […]

Go In Peace, by Mark L. Belletini

Go in peace. Live simply, gently, at home in yourselves.
Act justly.
Speak justly.

The Larger Circle, by Wendell Berry

We clasp the hands of those that go before us,
And the hands of those who come after us.

To Be of Use, By Marge Piercy

The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.

A Now or Never Kind of Project, by Barbara Kingsolver

Excerpt from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life How is it possible to inspire an appropriately repentant stance toward a planet that is really, really upset? … However much we despise the monstrous serial killer called global warming, it’s hard to bring charges.  We cherish our fossil-fuel-driven conveniences, such as the computer I […]

Responsive Reading from the U.N. Environmental Sabbath Program

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 […]

All I Cannot Save, Adrienne Rich

My heart is moved by all I cannot save So much has been destroyed I have to cast my lot with those, who, age after age, Perversely, with no extraordinary Power, reconstitute the world. Excerpt from Natural Resources in The Dream of a Common Language, (Norton, 1978), p. 67.

On Waking, John O’Donohue

I give thanks for arriving Safely in a new dawn, For the gift of eyes To see the world, The gift of mind To feel at home In my life. The waves of possibility Breaking on the shore of dawn, The harvest of the past That awaits my hunger, And all the furtherings This new […]

Prayers Related to Debt

HUMOR: SHOPPING ADDICT PRAYER God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot afford and not try to buy them anyway; [the] courage to change my mind about something I don’t really like and just take it back or leave it in the store to begin with; and [the] wisdom to know the […]

How Did They Get Away With It? By Gretchen Morgenson

Business writer Gretchen Morgenson (in conversation with Bill Moyers), March 26, 2010: “In sunny economic weather the banker readily lends you an umbrella — but then asks for it back when it rains.  So now it’s raining, and they’re asking for the umbrella back.  Yes, there are small business people who are in a terrible […]