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This is a repost of a diary from earlier in the week, which got very little response.

This year loggersbrat and I are in charge of the Netroots Nation interfaith service again, and this year the theme is politics, faith, hope and despair.

We are all activists, which means we have a certain amount of hope in a future that can be better, a future that we can work to make better. Yet it's so easy to despair. Climate change is upon us with serious effects all around. Wars around the world continue to cause great disruption, and other kinds of deadly injustice abound. In this country, it sometimes seems insanity has taken root.

Yet in spite of this we keep working for change, both in our own lives and for the greater good.

So my question is, is there something in your faith or belief system that keeps you going?

I am looking for quotations from religious texts or other places we look for spiritual or ethical inspiration, or personal statements about how your beliefs keep you working for change.

The interfaith service is open to people of all faiths and no faith. In the past we have had contributions from various eastern and western religions, from animists, from neo-pagans. We have had quotations from the Bible, from the Koran, from Bahai, from Quakers, Buddhists, Native Americans, atheists, agnostics, all of which show how our beliefs support us in our political and other activism. We generally use at least parts of all contributions we get.

If you'd like to see the kind of thing I mean, I published last year's service here. Each year the structure of the service grows out of the contributions we receive, and has been different every year that we have been doing this.

Please leave contributions in the comments, and if you will be in Detroit, please come to the service. All are welcome.

Originally posted to ramara on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 06:10 PM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets .

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    We need a world in which we ask "What's happened to you?" more and "What's wrong with you?" less. (From a comment by Kossack nerafinator)

    by ramara on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 06:10:45 PM PDT

  •  Thank You ramara .... (2+ / 0-)
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    4Freedom, ramara

    I'm planning to attend.  I can help read submissions.

    Jonathan

    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 07:01:21 PM PDT

  •  Leafed through the Siddur Sim Shalom (1+ / 0-)
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    ramara

    and found this:

    When senseless hatred rules the earth,
    Where could redemption reside?

    When people hide their faces from each other
    and from Heaven, where could redemption reside?

    If we do not pray for an end to wickedness
    in our lives and in the world, will we see redemption?

    If we refuse to see the flaws in our souls,
    and do not try to correct them, will we see redemption?

    Redemption will be realized when love and justice rule the earth,
    When people reveal their faces to each other, and to Heaven.

    Redemption will be realized when each of us sets free
    the sacred sparks that each of us contains.

    Redemption will be realized when all people
    Return out of their exile from each other.

    Then Isaac and Ishmael, and Jacob and Esau, will embrace
    upon the peaceful shores of love and understanding.

    Then will creation's harmony be restored,
    then will redemption become a reality.

    May that day come soon,
    May we see it soon, in this our world.

    "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 07:18:52 PM PDT

  •  Interfaith Service 2013 (3+ / 0-)
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    2thanks, ramara, davehouck

    here - just to help out with a link.

    Every day, I get up and pray to Jah . . take the skinheads bowling . . take them bowling . .

    by thenekkidtruth on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 07:26:49 PM PDT

  •  Kosmail me about what kind of music you'd like (2+ / 0-)
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    2thanks, ramara

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 07:31:29 PM PDT

  •  The Prayer of St. Francis: (3+ / 0-)
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    2thanks, ramara, Navy Vet Terp

        Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
        Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
        Where there is injury, pardon;
        Where there is discord, harmony;
        Where there is error, truth;
        Where there is doubt, faith;
        Where there is despair, hope;
        Where there is darkness, light;
        And where there is sadness, joy.

        O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
        To be consoled as to console;
        To be understood as to understand;
        To be loved as to love.
        For it is in giving that we receive;
        It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
        And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 07:35:05 PM PDT

    •  I love this prayer (1+ / 0-)
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      Navy Vet Terp

      Here in Tucson, there is an annual Jewish/Muslim peace march which has become a place for people of many faiths to join together. We always have a Native American blessing before starting the walk.

      One year the head of the local Buddhist monastery gave the invocation, and it reminded me strongly of St. Francis' Prayer. I spoke to him later in the day, and told him so. He said yes, one of his good friends is a Franciscan monk, and he was thinking of the prayer when he wrote the invocation.

      Will you be at NN this year? I'd love to meet you.

      As for music, we haven't run it like a church service with hymns interspersed, but let me think about it, if you are offering. What we do have is a section of the service set aside for remembering those who died during the past year, and I usually choose a piece of music to play during that.

      We need a world in which we ask "What's happened to you?" more and "What's wrong with you?" less. (From a comment by Kossack nerafinator)

      by ramara on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 08:47:37 PM PDT

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  •  From the Upanishads (3+ / 0-)
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    ramara, Navy Vet Terp, davehouck
    "This is perfect. That is perfect. Perfect comes from perfect. Take perfect from perfect; the remainder is perfect. May peace and peace and peace be upon you.
    The part I like the best? - the orator wishes peace upon you, dear reader, three times.

    Every day, I get up and pray to Jah . . take the skinheads bowling . . take them bowling . .

    by thenekkidtruth on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 08:13:40 PM PDT

  •  Hi Ramara; I've kosmailed my suggestion to you (1+ / 0-)
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    ramara

    Enjoy your afternoon!

    ______________
    Love one another

    by davehouck on Sun Jun 15, 2014 at 10:33:07 AM PDT

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