Earth Day 2022 – An Awakening

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Message by AJ Fox and Maria Hill

Moment of Perspective – Lesbian Visibility Day – Now I Become Myself Poetry Reading

The opening words are Being Human Means We Are of This Earth, by Sweethome Teacup.

May we recognize and abandon the familiar attitudes and practices that do not serve the whole. We are who we are
we have the opportunity to be who we want to be,
to create a new inheritance for the future.
May our thoughts, words, and actions in our daily lives
assist in dismantling paradigms of oppression and suffering.
May we give thanks for our individual place in time and space,
to our families and our relationships that touch and change us.
May we give thanks to the wise teachers who help us remember how to be
and the chance to make it so.
Underneath and within these stories and histories is our humanity.
Being human means we are of this earth,
we are these waters, we are fire, and atmosphere, we are the Sun and the moon and the stars.
We are all that we see and the wisdom is revealed by looking in between.

Becoming Me
Written and Performed by Lea Morris
Used with Permission

Ode to Coal Hollow
Written and Performed by Mags Deigh
Arranged by John Prescott
Accompanied by Eva Riebold and First UU Choir
Used with Permission

Rising Green
Words and Music by Carolyn McDade
Arranged by Jim Scott
Performed by Paul Phariss and Rebecca Holt
Used with Permission

The closing words are Committed to Respond, by Lynn Harrison.

Committed to respond to the call of a wounded world…
We join together this day with loving hearts, hands and minds.
Embracing the interconnected web of water, air and earth…
We light a fire of sustaining hope, ever bright with love and justice.
May we bring forth this day new wisdom, strength and courage
To create a new world not of wealth, but well-being.
A world of new peace and abundance for all.
As we give thanks for this earth, our shared and singular home,
May we dedicate ourselves to its ongoing care.
Rising to the calls deep within us, and all around us…
May we respond today and always with courage and with love.