The Children’s Defense Fund Alex Haley Farm ~
the building seen in the front here is the Langston Hughes Library

Creation understands interdependence

Embraces it, models it

Reveals to us that in our connection we have our very being

Creation is calling us back to life

To accountability

To communion

To joy

To healing

To freedom

I pray we humans get it …

The Creator is conspiring on our behalf

Revealing a living hope

Filling us with boldness

Showering us with love

Grounding us in justice

I pray we humans respond …


Our children and their children and generations to come are relying on us.

Let it be so, God.

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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