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Invocation

By Everett Hoagland
girl in white dress sitting at edge of mountain looking out to green expanse
Architect of icebergs, snowflakes,
crystals, rainbows, sand grains, dust motes, atoms.
 
Mason whose tools are glaciers, rain, rivers, ocean.
 
Chemist who made blood
of seawater, bone of minerals in stone, milk
 
of love. Whatever
 
You are, I know this,
Spinner, You are everywhere, in All The Ever-
Changing Above, whirling around us.
 
Yes, in the loose strands,
in the rough weave of the common
 
cloth threaded with our DNA on the hubbed, spoked
Spinning Wheel that is this world, solar system, galaxy,
 
universe.
 
Help us to see ourselves in all creation,
and all creation in ourselves, ourselves in one another.
 
Remind those of us who like connections
made with similes, metaphors, symbols
all of us are, everything is
already connected.
 
Remind us as the oceans go, so go we. As the air goes, so go we.
As other life forms on Earth go, so go we.
 
As our planet goes, so go we. Great Poet,
who inspired In The Beginning was The Word . . . ,
 
edit our thoughts so our ethics are our politics, 
and our actions the afterlives of our words. 


From Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press, 2018). Used with permission. 

 

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How to Forgive: Opening Our Hearts in Elul

Why is forgiveness so hard? How can Jewish texts help us grapple with this complicated, heart-opening process?

Join Rabbi Vivie Mayer and Ritualwell for an online course on forgiveness in preparation for Yom Kippur. In three sessions during the month of Elul, we will study, connect, and create as we immerse in the topic of forgiveness. 

Wednesdays, 12pm–1:15pm EST, August 8, 15, 22

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