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God who calls us to rest, to release

Remind us what is ours and what is not

Allow us to embrace the many lessons

While acknowledging that for all things there is a season

You call us to love one another as you have loved us

This love does not cater but liberates

This love does not patronize but affirms

This love does not possess but is vulnerable

This love does not oppress but seeks right relationship

Help us to hear your Holy Spirit speak through our instincts

and to feel her wisdom in the energy all around us

So that we can indeed rest, release,

Making space for what you have yet imagined, Creator

Joyfully responding to our assignment with a renewed passion grounded in a love ethic

Amen, amen and amen.


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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