Dear God,

For the sake of our children, all children

May all love be acceptable and a source of joy and pride for more than one month a year

May freedom be more than a one-day holiday for some, while many remain colonized, enslaved, hidden

May the Church reclaim our role to accompany one another, disrupt injustice, and build the beloved community no matter the risk because what’s at stake is so much greater

For the sake of our children, all children

May we render our hearts open as we engage our whole selves in making sure each child lives in the promise of God’s abundance, knowing God’s grace and love, embodying it as only they can

Ushering in God’s kingdom with their brilliance, wonder, and power

May it be so.

Selah, Amen, and Ashé


Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks (she/her/hers/ella) is a queer womanist minister, healer, and life-long co-learner committed to the liberation of oppressed and colonized peoples, building power and creating community. She lives in Chicago with her spouse and has three children and 12 grandchildren.  Dr. Pagán-Banks currently serves as executive director of A Just Harvest, pastor at San Lucas UCC, and adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  She is a certified yoga teacher and joyful contributor in the newly released book Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle.”


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