More from Christopher D. Sims in worship at UUS:E on November 11th, 2012. (For background on Chris’ trip to CT, go here.) Chris and I co-wrote the final poem for morning worship. It is entitled P.E.A.C.E. I will post the video when we have it. For now, here’s the text:
P is For (Chris Sims)
We pursue the kindred with a purpose. Peace is incredible. Indicating that we can stop hating.
Hope in peace is definitely possible. Predicting bright futures, we connect in person, on cell phones, through the connections on our computers.
Connecting, six degrees of separation, we imagine a most peaceful nation. Liberation. A continuation.
Visualizing a world yet to come. Peace is the sun. We sit on Sundays hoping for a peaceful transformation.
P makes a sound. We pronounce prophetically the “peace language.” Which equates love, life, positive energy, divinity. Peace is who I am. Peace is what I was born to be.
We take peace to the people, peace to the streets, peace to the Occupy movement, peace as improvement to politics gone bad. Peace is needed now, not to be considered something we used to have.
Worldwide: marches, gatherings, demonstrations, war torn nations, in soup lines, empty factories and assembly lines, we all seek peace.
E is for Energy (Rev. Josh Pawelek)
Energy is necessary for peace. Energy unleashed and available for the work of hands holding hands, hands holding hammers for pounding nails, hands holding sandbags before storms, hands holding blankets around homeless children, women, men.
Hands holding hands, keeping us together, connected, one, whole, unified.
Energy is necessary for the making of peace because so much energy is harnessed for the making of war. So many hands hold in place systems that build the weapons of war: the same systems that can’t seem to house every person, can’t seem to feed every person, can’t seem to give health care to every person. The same systems that put a bullet in every gang-banger’s gun, that launch a drone strike over every village in Waziristan, that build a new Jim Crow prison cell for one out of every three black and brown men.
This is no time for entropy, for running down to disorder.
This is a time for organizing our energy for the waging of peace, organizing our hearts for the collective, common yearning for peace, organizing our voices for the collective common speaking of peace, organizing our melodies for the collective, common singing of peace, organizing our bodies for the collective, common dancing of peace, organizing our lives for collective, common peaceful living.
Peace is gonna take energy, organized energy.
A is for Ascension (Chris Sims)
A is for us ascension, not for us depending on politicians to pull us out of poverty and homelessness. There is no peace in not having any progress.
We can ascend if only we begin to take another look at being our brothers and sisters keeper. At “we are the change we’ve been waiting for.” Taking a collective attitude towards allowing ourselves to recognize our own leadership.
Peaceful people asking the right questions of our leaders, our representatives, our school districts, our bosses. The losses have cost us too much.
What impoverished woman knows peace? What homeless man sees peace? What unequally educated child experiences peace?
We can acquire this ascension. We can remain determined. We can create our own jobs. Self-sufficiency in a time where talk is too much. We need real answers.
All we have is us. All we need is us.
Conversations, collectives, calls for action.
We will rise. We will elevate. We will accomplish a better way by being in unison and peace amongst one another.
C is for Contemplation (Rev. Josh Pawelek)
Yes we will accomplish a better way.
We each have a role to play in making peace, crafting peace, waging peace, sustaining peace.
What is my role? What is your role?
Ah. . . . Good question. Pause. Wait a moment. Wait another moment. Breathe. It’s OK. Take time for contemplation. Don’t skip this part. The movement won’t move that quickly, won’t leave you behind, won’t leave us behind. Building a lasting peace takes time—takes time after time after time.
Starting out, we must be grounded.
Starting out, we must be mindful.
Starting out, we must be peaceful inside.
Starting out we must know, trust, believe in our minds, hearts, bones, spirits:
All life is sacred.
All life is holy.
All life is music, is magic, is mystery.
All life matters.
Knowing, trusting, believing this in our minds, hearts, bones, spirits will keep us steady,
keep us focused,
keep us resilient,
keep us strong,
keep us gentle,
keep us creative,
keep us courageous
keep us keeping our siblings.
Take time for contemplation. Don’t skip this part. Only peaceful people build peaceful neighborhoods, peaceful communities, peaceful cities, peaceful nations, a peaceful world.
E is For… (Chris Sims)
Elevation; equality; Echoes of ancestors and freedom fighters Who once fought for peace. Who could see the coming nations living in a land of peace.
E is for elegance: the elegance of children smiling, because they know peace and can teach us adults more about peace.
E is for education: we must educate one another about calm, serenity, collective behavior that creates peace.
Positive. Energy. Always. Creates. Elevation.
We need that in this leading nation. This struggling nation.
Peace is patience. Peace is power. Let peace be the word of the hour. The word of the hour.
May all of the children whisper peace in their sleep. May all of the women sing about peace. May all of the men gather in peace as we live in multitudes and moments of community.
Imagine Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, John Lennon’s, and Ghandi’s peace existing today.
May we have peace.
May we seek peace.
E is for an eternal peace.
Peace for eternity.