Purple Flower
A bit of purple as a reminder to stop and see. Photo credit-Marilyn Pagán-Banks

Gracious God, in these times of remembering, help us to recall Your grace towards us that we might extend grace to one another.

Loving God, in the midst of hateful rhetoric and fearful behavior, help us to feel Your love in our very flesh in ways that cannot be contained and held back from one another.

Creator God, protect us from our own hubris and lead us towards a greater connection with all of Your creation.

Holy God, draw us closer to You so that we too might be a more holy presence in the world; not perfect, but faithful.

Amen and ashé


Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks is a queer womanist freedom fighter, minister, teacher, and learner committed to the liberation of oppressed peoples, building power and creating community.  She lives in Chicago with her spouse, three children and eight grandchildren (!) and currently serves as executive director of A Just Harvest, pastor at San Lucas UCC and Namasté UCC, and adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary.


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