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My grandbaby, Ta’Rya – I want her to know a world without sexual violence and police brutality. This was taken a few years ago. There is still much work to do.  God help us.

Giver of life
Creator of us all
Lover of our souls
God who dwells in our flesh, our very beings
Help us today, and guide us

as we seek justice for LaQuan McDonald and remember 16 shots and a cover-up

as we believe Dr. Ford and all those that have suffered sexual violence and sexual harassment

as we feel some relief in the sentencing of Bill Cosby yet anxiously await a day where all sexual predators are brought to justice, no matter their skin color, class or wealth

as we witness the criminalization of Botham Shem Jean, shot down in his own home by an off-duty police officer

as we demand Congress reunite the 200 children remaining in detention to their parents and remind them that families belong together

Dear God the list is long
Too long

Hear the longing of our hearts and direct the work of our hands
Pour out Your Spirit so that we might not grow weary or bitter
May Your power and Your love flow freely in us, through us and around us
So that someday, soon, justice and peace might win
And all might know fullness of life

Amen

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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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