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Justice Prayers - September 16th

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever. - Psalm 52:8

Fires in Moria Refugee Camp

The Moria Refugee Camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, was built to hold 2,700 people  as part of the European strategy from 2015 to hold the huge numbers of refugees and migrants pouring into its borders  from moving northwards until they could be processed. This camp swelled and at the beginning of the pandemic held 12,000 people – roughly 8,000 adults and 4,000 children.   The lockdown created even more untenable conditions and then late last week fires swept through the camp leaving thousands again displaced including hundreds of unaccompanied minors.  These fires are yet another destructive symptom of broken systems and another obstacle to real people’s journeys to safety and meaningful family lives.  

God, who stays in the fire and does not look away,  We pray for solutions for this camp and the many like it, that bring real life.  Move on policy makers to imagine new ways to help, to create lasting opportunities.  Move on populations of host countries to stay open. Move in the camps to bring hope and peace, even in the midst.    We beseech you God and say NO MORE to the damage, heartache, powerlessness that have being inflicted on journeying families in these camps.   

Fires on the West Coast of America

With smoke blocking skies and filling lungs from northern to southern borders of America, with fires displacing thousands of people and destroying millions of acres of human and nature habitat, with leaders still denying responsibility, we are at a loss as to what to pray.  The unprecedented devastation is gutting.    

Lord of Creation,
Have mercy.   
Where there is exhaustion, bring relief. 
Where there is evacuation, bring safe places to shelter.
Where there is loss, bring solidarity and comfort to the grieving.
Where there is loss of employment and livelihood, bring creative new life from this burnt ground.  
Where there is hubris and denial from leaders, rebuke it.  
Where there is opportunism from those with power, cause their hearts to repent.
Where we all need to see and hear clearly the truth about our earth, your shalom and our role in all of it,  unseal our eyes, unstop our ears, Lord, all of us.  Enough.  We repent.  
Where rebuilding has to start, give freely the Spirit to guide us.  We do not live without it.  
Have mercy, Lord of Creation.  
Have mercy. 

13th Anniversary of UNDRIP

Tuesday, Sept 15 marked the 13th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.   The call for governments to fully reflect this declaration in legislation is still ongoing.  So on this day we pray.

To the One who clothes his people with dignity, we pray.
We pray for Your clarity and Your wisdom to pervade our legislators hearts and minds so that the rights of Indigenous people may be honored.  
We pray for greater justice and flourishing within  the businesses, industries, livelihoods and communities that would be touched by these implementations.  
Help us hope and work for a country that is built on better ground and not be afraid of what might be lost.  
Help us humanize this issue so that true community can be forged.  

Anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

57 years ago a white supremacist terrorist attacked the 16th Street Baptist church in Birmingham Alabama, killed 4 black girls as they were heading into church.  Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, were killed while many more were injured, to hinder and halt the work of integration and civil rights for Black Americans. 

In a year when our culture’s conscience is speaking loudly on racial justice issues and we are confronted again with why it takes such heinous violence to get the attention of a nation, we mark this anniversary with a somber request.

Lord, as your people, remembering this day,
Help us all turn from the violence in our own hearts that is born from fear of erasure.  
Help us turn to you, accepting your rebuke where we need and embodying your enfleshed heart of love where we can. 
Help us all, as a people created from the grace that restores shalom, to not grow weary in this work of racial justice in our times.  

Becoming (part of) the Answer to our Own Prayers

Climate Conversations: Your Candidates, Your Vote 

As people of faith concerned about the impact climate change is having globally, we’re engaging with candidates running for public office through our voter-candidate forums. (We’re working on putting together forums in each of our regions so if you don’t see yours yet - check back soon!)

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