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Resistance & Resilience Vol 1.6

Friday, February 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janette Lallier
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This week in the United States we have seen executive orders which threaten to escalate deportation and violence towards undocumented immigrants and strip away protections for transgender students in states that don't think they should be protected.   As we work towards supporting and protecting our siblings who these orders attempt to diminish, this litany from Audre Lorde lifting up the dignity and resilience of marginalized people (#587 in our hymnal) seems especially poignant and relevant.

A Litany for Survival

For those of us who live at the shoreline

standing upon the constant edges of decision

crucial and alone

for those of us who cannot indulge
the passing dreams of choice

who love in doorways coming and going

in the hours between dawns

looking inward and outward

at once before and after

seeking a now that can breed

futures

like bread in our children's mouths

so their dreams will not reflect

the death of ours;

 

For those of us

who were imprinted with fear

like a faint line in the center of our foreheads

learning to be afraid with our mother's milk

for by this weapon

this illusion of some safety to be found

the heavy-footed hoped to silence us

For all of us

this instant and this triumph

We were never meant to survive.

And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain
when the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning

when our stomachs are full we are afraid

of indigestion

when our stomachs are empty we are afraid

we may never eat again

when we are loved we are afraid

love will vanish

when we are alone we are afraid

love will never return

and when we speak we are afraid

our words will not be heard

nor welcomed

but when we are silent

we are still afraid

 

So it is better to speak

remembering

we were never meant

to survive

- Audre Lorde

Do you have something to say to your colleagues about resistance and resilience? We are inviting your pastoral and/or prophetic reflections, poems, stories, meditations, etc. for possible inclusion in this weekly electronic publication.Submissions need not need be tied to current events, though timely messages are welcome and should be noted as such.Submissions should be no more than 250 words.We will make selections among submissions and will edit for grammar, punctuation and clarity as needed. Submissions should be sent to resistanceandresilience@uuma.org

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