Courageous Love we join together in remembrance today, in honor of all those who have died defending their country, in honor all those who have sought to serve freedom and human rights and dignity and sacrificed and died in that service. Courageous Love, let us not forget them, but remember our friends, our family, and our neighbors. Let none who have so sacrificed be a stranger to us. Strengthen us to carry on their stories, to care for their friends, their families, and their neighbors as our own, to give the help they would have given, to mentor the children they would have mentored, to love boldly and truly in their memory. Bring comfort to the families and friends who mourn, waking in the night aware only of their losses, yearning for what can no longer be. Bring comfort to the friends and family who wonder why, who struggle with loneliness, who need others to hold fiercely to the memory of those who are lost. Let us learn the lesson of the great cost of war and from that learn how to be better neighbors to one another, how to love past our differences, how to bring a free peace and the chance for a life of dignity in tribute to and in memory of those who died doing the same. Courageous Love, sometimes we have awful sacrifices to endure; grant us the courage today to help one another endure and find our way in memory to a creating a more loving, a more merciful, and more just world. Amen.
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The Rachel Sabbath is a weekend of learning and prayer and commitment to community action for global maternal health. To learn more about the Rachel Sabbath, or help out, click here for the Religious Institute.
A Prayer for the Rachel Sabbath 2012
Lover of Life strengthen us in our reverence for life and our care for those who bear new life, who bring us the present and the future. On this Mothers Day weekend, let us give thanks for those who brought us into the world, and thanks for those who raised us, thanks for our parents whether blood or adopted or chosen, thanks for those who mentored and supported and sustained us in good times and in ill. Let us give thanks and with our thanksgiving reach out to help one another in raising this new generation, in bearing each other up and on as some among us bear children. Let us remember those who are mothers in dire circumstances, those who struggle to parent, those who struggle for life, and in our remembering, may we recommit ourselves to their care, their health, and their friendship. Lover of Life we have so many blessings to give thanks for, and so many more blessings to care for, grow, and share. On this Mothers Day may we bring blessings to the bearers of life, to the caregivers and caretakers, the blessings of health and help, friendship and care, on this day and in every day of our lives. Amen.
Strangers on Holy Ground
The library of the Bible is filled with stories of strangers discovering themselves on holy ground. These strangers find their usual culture turned inside out and upside down. New expectations are shaped, new promises made, and new ways of belonging and being strangers are lived in turbulent and difficult times.
This Bible Study attends these stories of strangers on holy ground in an age of alienation and fear, displacement and mass migration, rapid economic change and instability, and fights about belonging, purpose, and tradition. Our times of dislocation and disruption are times when our stories we live are challenged, too, offering us an opportunity to engage the challenges and be changed with them, living into new stories.
We will wrestle these Biblical stories of strangers on holy ground and share what we meet in ourselves, each other, and the cultures and communities where we live. This is not a Bible Study focused on methods of scholarly Biblical criticism or having a right interpretation. This Bible Study bows before these stories as living texts and holy ground that still offer us something vital as we grapple with the difficulties of dislocation in our world today.
Classes run Sunday, September 25 through Sunday, November 13 (no class Sun. Oct. 9) at 7-8:30pm ET(US).
The class has no fee. Donations are accepted.
We are using Go To Webinar for the class. To receive an invitation to register for the webinar, email Rev. Naomi King at firstname.lastname@example.org
When not swabbing decks or swilling coffee, the Rev. Naomi King is found engaging the questions of culture, faith, the Bible, and the stories we’re living via blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and video. You might also find her knitting, gardening, searching for fossils, or learning her local lizards.
Agreement for Participation:
- I will attend to the text for that week before the class begins.
- I will participate in reflection, keeping a written, audio, or video reflection journal each week and participate in the class.
- When I reference the Biblical stories, I will also note which translation I am using. All translations are welcome; we willl pay attention to how the stories differ in them.
- I will respect my journey and that of others in the class.
- I will live humbly in acceptance and recognition that in holy storying, there are many interpretations, not only the one I feel is right or know to be true.
- I will engage in spiritual reflection and refrain from scholarly debate.
- I will honor my own story and the stories of other participants by not retelling any story but my own outside the class, without the prior permission of the other participants. I will not distribute class materials to others, including recorded class sessions.
- I will honor these texts as living stories that have relevance to our lives and faith today.