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Mass

Written March 2, 1997

Take and eat: take and meet
This is my body: I am the bread
The bread of life, the bread of lives

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Meals

We eat with our friends, enjoying a meal
In fellowship sweet; it has great appeal;
The same was for Jesus; it was a strong sign
To demonstrate friendship — in bread and in wine.

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Prayer of the Farm Workers

Written by Cesar E. Chavez

Show me the suffering of the most miserable;
So I will know my people’s plight.
Free me to pray for others;
For you are present in every person.

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Topics: Food and Farming Justice and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe and Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

A Joyful Path, Year One, Lesson 1: The Nameless One, Who or What is God?

This lesson presents just a few ways to open discussion with children and help them explore both the concept of an infinite, omnipresent, impersonal God and also the concept of a deeply personal, divine presence. Neither can be completely understood by any form, expression, or outward experience.

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the world as she stands now

the world as she stands now
she was good at birth

her age
like cracks
in a foundation
spidering away
from crabgrass

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The Times We Live In

These can be favoured times when life has dignity,
When rule of law and human rights breed liberty;
If justice is pursued,
If truth is not subdued,
If we decide to live in peace and harmony.

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Song of Arising

Hearken, children, to the sound
A bird dives, screaming, to the ground
Rise out of the water!
Stand up from the water!
Children, children, rise!

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry, Peace and Justice, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Swords into Ploughshares

We have a vision of the world not yet realised
All: Where they will beat their swords into ploughshares

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Kindred Spirits: A Collection by Carrie Newcomer- Music CD

Relating Kindred Spirits: A Collection, spirituality and songwriting, Newcomer writes “I am one of a growing number of people who don’t want to put the sacred in such a small container. I am disturbed that one very narrowly focused and extremely political brand of Christianity being called the ‘religious voice.’ There are wide communities of spiritual people who believe that walking this world in love and compassion is about feeding the hungry, providing for the poor or sick, caring for our elders, making sure that the table of love includes and welcomes everyone, educating our children and young people, honoring our beautiful and interconnected planet. These communities believe that women are equal spiritual beings, and that the highest and most honorable work is creating a less violent, more just and kind world. Isn’t a life of compassion bigger than a catch phrase or sound byte? Isn’t love wider and deeper than fear?” Speaking more to this point, she shares, “If a spiritual leader is teaching hate, it is not spiritual message, it is political message.”

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I Believe by Carrie Newcomer- Music Video

Carrie Newcomer with special guests, Indian peformers Amjad Ali Khan, Aaman Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, in concert Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 2nd Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. This special performance promotes the release of Newcomer’s latest album, “Everything is Everywhere”. Proceeds from the album benefits the Interfaith Hunger Initiative, a multi-faith effort dedicated to elevating hunger and the roots of poverty in the USA and abroad.

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Breathe in Breathe Out, by Carrie Newcomer (featuring Amjad Ali Khan)- Music Video

Carrie Newcomer explores the intersection of the spiritual and the daily, the sacred and the ordinary. Over the course of her career she has become a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social justice and interfaith dialogue. She has been described as “a soaring songstress” by Billboard, a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and Rolling Stone has declared that Newcomer “asks all the right questions.” Author Barbara Kingsolver wrote, “She’s a poet, storyteller, snake-charmer, good neighbor, friend and lover, minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace.”

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Songs for 1,000 Days- Music CD

Fourteen artists have joined Bread for the World Institute and Women of Faith for the 1,000 Days Movement to educate communities and advocate for policy change in the United States to end hunger at home and abroad and give every child the chance to thrive.

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