It is pretty obvious we know how to create beauty

You have gifted us with imagination, Holy Creator

Its living evidence is all around us

We can abide with creation, as part of creation

You believe it, God and declared us all good

Do we?

Cuz we refuse to put down our guns or pass common sense gun laws

Our privilege is addicted to oil and demands the commodification of earth’s resources

Babies continue to die from hunger and poverty, families separated, disappeared

Help us, Creator

Restore our trust in you

In one another

In ourselves

Before it is too late, and the abundant beauty is gone like chaff in the wind…

Cause us to re-member

Help us to reach back and deep

Cuz we know how to embody beauty

Its living evidence is yet at work within us

Thanks be to God!



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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