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...on a quiet day I can hear her breathing
Below is the liturgy that we said together at the beginning of Once In A Lifetime, Amos Trust and A Rocha UK’s Climate Justice summit in September 2019.
Words Of Hope
Climate Justice summit liturgy
My message to all the activists is to just keep going.
And I know it may seem impossible and hopeless sometimes.
It always does. So, you just have to continue, because,
if you try hard enough and long enough, you will make a difference.
And if enough people stand together,
fight for the right thing, then anything can happen.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way
On a quiet day I can hear her breathing
We have been shown what is good,
May we act justly, love mercy and walk humbly
This day may we
Speak truth with love and courage
That justice is how love looks in public
That hope is a song in a weary voice
That stumbling is not falling
That together we can be the change we long to see
That we all come from the creator, trailing wisps of glory
The Talmud says that every blade of grass
has its own angel bending over it, whispering, "Grow, Grow."
Treat the earth well.
It was not given to us by our parents,
it was loaned to us by our children
So walk softly upon the earth
May its beauty surround you
May its wisdom delight you
May its music invite you
Rejoice in creation
Listen to the pain of the voiceless
Water the barren earth
Plant seeds in the wasteland
And act as if our hope in the future is irresistible.
With thanks to:
Greta Thunberg, Arundhati Roy,
Cornell West, Pauli Murray, Malcolm X
and Maya Angelou.
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