Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Reflection on Contemporary Beatitudes adapted from writing by Rev. Becky Withington of Pilgrim Congregational Church, Seattle, WA (Questions by Rev. Dr. Barbara Billey, Priest ARCWP)


Michele Birch Conery ARCWP with Gerry Moody

In front Tish Rawles ARCWP and Michele Birch Conery ARCWP


Blessed are the marginalized, for they are welcome in the culture of the Sacred.

How am I welcoming? Period of silence ...

Blessed are those who care for the earth, for they promote a healthy, dynamic ecosystem that cares for us all.

How am I caring for the earth? Period of silence ...

Blessed are the bold, for they see the culture of the Sacred manifest before their eyes.

How am I being bold? Period of silence ...

Blessed are the empathetic, for they heal the brokenness of our world and bring beauty.

How am I being empathetic? Period of silence ...

Blessed are the inclusive, for they see with eyes of love.

How am I being inclusive? Period of silence ...

Blessed are those with integrity, for their hearts, minds, words and actions are one.

How am I living with integrity? Period of silence ...
Blessed are those who commit themselves to peace, for they disarm violence and oppression.

How am I committed to peace? Period of silence ...

Blessed are those who organize, struggle and sacrifice for freedom and equality, for they bend the moral arc of the universe towards justice.

How am I promoting justice? Period of silence ...

Blessed are we in our difference - ethnicity, age, ability, and orientation, for we make our Creator visible.

How am I embracing difference? Period of silence ...


















Refuse to Fall Down - clarissa pinkola est├ęs
Refuse to fall down.
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down
lift your heart toward heaven
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled,
and it will be filled.
You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you
from lifting your heart
toward heaven —
only you.
It is in the midst of misery
that so much becomes clear.
The one who says nothing good
came of this,
is not yet listening.

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