Devotion for Day 6

To wish for compassion
To pray for courage
To experience doubt
To bear sorrow
To strive for sureness—
All these are qualities
For which each of us
Should be grateful.
But to feel a genuine fellowship
For the whole human family,
To act
So that our empathy
Is evident
Wherever we go—
That’s the object.
That’s the life-long goal.

So You Want to Wear a Safety Pin | What a Witch

Don’t get me wrong, the safety pin is a good idea but if you are going to wear it, you need to know that it is more than an idea. It is a visible, tangible announcement of your commitment to defend the rights and dignity of your fellow human. If you are not willing to follow that announcement up with action, rethink making the announcement.”

https://isobeldebrujah.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/so-you-want-to-wear-a-safety-pin/
This is a good article to read in these trying times. Knowing that you have a plan will help you answer the call of love. 

Namaste, Cricket 

Sunday November 13, 2016

​Uncertain Future – Peaceful Present presented by John Hall. We live in a world where things can go wrong at any moment. the future is uncertain, but we can gain peace now. 

We would love to have you come worship with us.

Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse.

Our Religious Education/ Life Long Learning Class will meet at from 10am to 10:45 am with a coffee gathering before the service. More about us.

Children are welcome. There is childcare and an activity for young children during the service.

The building is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible restroom.

Map

The schedule for the current adult religious education class is here.

Email westforkuu@gmail.com or use our contact form for more information

or write to us at PO Box 523, Clarksburg WV 26302

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Namaste
Cricket

Can we still be good neighbors in an election year?

http://www.uuworld.org/articles/we-can-still-be-good-neighbors?utm_source=uuworld&utm_medium=front&utm_campaign=1st

This quote from the article spoke to me, “Each presidential campaign cycle seems to have less and less to do with governing or democracy, and more to do with deepening our divisiveness. Democracy requires disagreement and the skills to manage it, listening and tolerance.”  What spoke to you?

Namaste,
Cricket

Thoughts about Stress

I have been struggling with stress a lot lately. The truth of this picture is both unsettling and motivating. It is important for more than just our bodies to work on stress.

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So, then the question becomes, “how do we do this?” Or “what can I do to lower my stress levels?” The answer is “There are many ways.”

One way to do this is to meditate. Take time to breathe. Color a picture. Build something with stones, like this:

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Or say a prayer or chant like this one:

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Take a few moments to talk to a friend. Hold and pet an animal. Go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Drink a cup of tea. Sing a song.

There are many ways to relax and reduce stress. The most important thing to do is to learn that you are important enough to take the time for yourself and remember:

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~Namaste
Cricket

Watch “GREAT SPIRIT [official music video]” on YouTube

Here the lyrics:

Great spirit, I have had it
Bring me back to the nomadic
Way of weaving through the damage
Mindful, stay mindful
Great spirit, for my sisters
Let me be a flowing river
Flood the banks, the rocks that bind her
Carry, I’ll carry
Great, great spirit
Great, great spirit
Great spirit, for my brothers
Let me be a mountain under
Which he climbs to discover his process
Now that’s progress
Great spirit, all that hinders
Tie reminders to my fingers
I must speak with you more often
Great, great spirit
Great, great spirit
Great spirit, for my relations
Give them strength to face racism
In every single situation
Easy now, go on speak loud
Great spirit, take me instead
Guide me down the road of red
Tunkashila, I am saying, praying,
Great, great spirit
Great, great spirit
Tunkashila (grandfather)
Tunkashila
Tunkashila
Tunkashila
Great spirit, just don’t collapse
Nothing but the earth will last
And I’ll be singing sweetly into the darkness
Now hark this
Great spirit on my tongue,
Be still, be still
The time will come when everyone will sing
All life is sacred,
While I’m waiting
Great spirit, my fist is up
Bringing the power to the people, you’re reflection of us
Some of your people can’t hear it, the cries of the earth
Some of your people can’t feel it, the way that it hurts
And it hurts, great spirit
And it moves, great spirit
Interconnected in the wreckage of a paradigm on its way out
Its way out
Speakin’ a spiritual lyrical testimony
The spirit that did resist weavin’ around false prophesies
Spirit directed and selected with the message I bring
While the ship slowly sinks I’ve been directed to sing
I’m like a wreckin’ ball breakin’ down the walls of the past
A minimalist livin’ on bliss with the last of my cash
You’re gonna be justified with how you treated the land
You’re gonna be by my side when I stand and demand a change
Tunkashila
Tunkashila
Tunkashila
Tunkashila
Great, great spirit
Great, great spirit
Tunkashila

This song speaks to me on many levels. I really enjoyed the dancing in the video. I hope it brings you peace and thoughts.

~Namaste
Cricket