July | Hope as an anchor \ Hope as a kite

The following resources were gratefully shared at the OneLight Gathering on Friday 14th July 2017 at London's monthly Interfaith Ceremony, generously hosted at Notting Hill's Essex Unitarian Church.

 

READINGS

Past the seeker as he prayed by the river came
The leper, the destitute, the war-torn, the heart-broken.

He cried to the heavens; “How is it that a God of Love
Can see such things and do nothing?”
A soft voice replied: I did do something,

I sent YOU.

- Sufi Story


The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for.
And the most you can do is live inside that hope.
Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness.
Enough to eat, enough to go around.
The possibility that kids might one day grow up to be neither the destroyers nor the destroyed. That’s about it.
Right now I'm living in that hope, running down its hallway and touching the walls on both sides.”

- Barbara Kingsolver


The Elm Dance

Music: Kā Man Klājas by Ieva Akurātere

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Around the planet, as people gather to work together for the healing of our world, a simple, beautiful practice is spreading. To celebrate their commitment to life and solidarity with activists the world over, they join hands in a circle dance.


A Thousand Years of Healing
by Susa Silvermarie

From whence my hope, I cannot say,
except it grows in the cells of my skin,
in my envelope of mysteries it hums.
In this sheath so akin to the surface of the earth
it whispers. Beneath
the wail and dissonance in the world,
hope’s song grows. Until I know
that with this turning
we put a broken age to rest.
We who are alive at such a cusp
now usher in
one thousand years of healing!

Winged ones and four-leggeds,
grasses and mountains and each tree,
all the swimming creatures,
even we, wary two-leggeds
hum, and call, and create
the Changing Song. We remake
all our relations. We convert
our minds to the earth. In this turning time
we finally learn to chime and blend,
attune our voices; sing the vision
of the Great Magic we move within.
We begin
the new habit, getting up glad
for a thousand years of healing.