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Sojourners Verse and Voice – 18 March 2021

Verse of the day   Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2she
Voice of the day 
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. – Arthur Ashe
Prayer of the day  
O God, we pray that you would cultivate within us a soul that finds joy in our service to others. May we always have eyes that see the needs of our communities and the will to strive to meet them.

Thresholds: Abbey of the Arts – 21 September 2021

“Each of the points on the wheel of the year offers us a threshold in time.  A threshold space is a doorway into a new way of being, a new season of life, a new invitation.  If we are attentive to the turning of the seasons we can discover their rhythms deep in our own hearts.”

—Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, Sacred Time: Embracing an Intentional Way of Life

Can you feel the rhythm of the present season resonate in the depths of your heart?

Pace e Bene – 20 September 2021

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“Demonization of the other only fuels conflict. The more certain one’s sense of righteous rectitude, (the side of the angels) the more adamant is one’s determination never to shake hands with the devil. When the course of action must be my way or no way, then no compromise and no retreat is a declaration of war.”—Robert Langan

Sojourners Verse and Voice – 20 September 2021

Verse of the day
It is you who light my lamp; the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.

– Psalm 18:28

Voice of the day
The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.

– Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Prayer of the day Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people. Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
– “Great Spirit Prayer,” translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887

Evening Prayer – 19 September 2021

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

It has been a long day, Lord

Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually exhausting

Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted… your words, Lord

Even though we walk through the Valley of the Shadows you are with us

Walk as well with my Dad through this difficult time

Now as my eyelids grow heavy

I lift this humble prayer to you

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Pace e Bene – 19 September 2021

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“Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.”—Karen Armstrong

Pace e Bene – 18 September 2021

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“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.”—Angela Davis

Sojourners Verse and Voice – 17 September 2021

Verse of the day
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.

– Genesis 8:22

Voice of the day
My world, my Earth is a ruin. A planet spoiled by the human species. We multiplied and fought and gobbled until there was nothing left, and then we died. We controlled neither appetite nor violence; we did not adapt. We destroyed ourselves. But we destroyed the world first.

– Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed(1974)

Prayer of the day Help us to respect the rights of all people and all species and help us to willingly share your gifts today and always.
– Fiona Murdoch

Pace e Bene – 16 September 2021

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Thursday September 16, 2021

“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge . . . is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.”—Bill Bullard

Sojourners Verse and Voice – 16 September 2021

Verse of the day
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.

– Romans 15:5

Voice of the day
In Beloved Community, radically inclusive and resilient love is the norm. It is a community in which we are constantly seeking to build and restore right relationships.

– Adam Russell Taylor, A More Perfect Union (2021)

Prayer of the day Clear the way in us, your people, that we might call others to freedom and renewed faith.
– Gwyn Cashmore and Joan Puls

Pace e Bene – 15 September 2021

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“Peacemaking, like most beautiful things, begins small. Matthew 18 gives us a clear process for making peace with someone who has hurt or offended us; first we are to talk directly with them, not at them or around them . . . Straight talk is counter-cultural in a world that prefers politeness to honesty. 

Peacemaking begins with what we can change—ourselves. But it doesn’t end there. We are to be peacemakers in a world riddled with violence. That means interrupting violence with imagination, in our streets and in our world.”—Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals