introspective flowerAs we cry out for the end to violence all around us
May we seek to address the violence within us

As we demand justice from leaders and systems
May we ensure that our actions are just

As we declare love as the answser
May we seek to ground our work and lives in love

God, help us to remember that we are called to create the heaven on earth we pray for and to follow the example of the One who embodied peace, justice and love and calls us to do the same.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks (she/her/hers/ella) is a queer womanist freedom fighter gratefully (though not always gracefully) serving as executive director of A Just Harvest, Senior Pastor at San Lucas UCC, and adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary. She is a joyful contributor in the newly released book “Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle.


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