“A just person is one who is conformed and transformed into justice.” – Meister Eckhart
“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” – Montesquieu
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” – Frederick Douglass
Dear Liberal Allies by Trungles
Visitors in the Struggle for Racial Justice by Aisha Ansano
What does is mean to be blessed? What does it mean to be a blessing? What does blessing mean?
May this prayer from Andrea Hawkins-Kamper help us all think about blessings, how we are blessings, how we are blessed, and how we can bless others.
Prelude: Willow by Heather Jinmaku
Welcome: Do Not Be Alone Right Now By Karen G. Johnston
Do not be alone right now. Gather together.
Gathering together grows courage: in ourselves and in others who see the numbers swelling. It is a small thing, but right now it is an important thing.
Great sources of wisdom remind us: just because you cannot stem the tide of all hate, it is still right to do the thing you can do. These things add up: your one thing & my one thing; his one thing & their one thing & her one thing. Together it becomes a BIG thing.
Do not be alone right now. Any liberation—all liberation—is collective liberation. My freedom is bound with yours and yours with mine. Inextricably.
Let us together cast our lots doing this BIG thing: bending the moral arc of the universe towards justice.
Chalice Lighting: Global Chalice Lighting for November 2016 from
Chapter 1, Tao Te Ching, written by Lao-tzu
Modified from a translation by S. Mitchell
Unitarian Universalists Hong Kong (www.uuhk.org)
The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao;
The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.
The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin of all particular things.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations arise from the same source.
This source is called Mystery.
Mystery within Mystery,
The gateway to all understanding.
I was introduced to Heather Jinmaku several years ago. This song, “Blessed Be”, brings me peace. I hope it will do the same for you.