downloadable PDF file: Women of Faith Resources June 2018
“Sometimes, we never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” ~ Dr. Seuss
“Green was the silence, wet was the light. The month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ~ Pablo Neruda
“I laugh as much as I can and cry when I have to, without apology. I think that’s happy. ” ~ Maya Angelou
Featured Day: June 19 ~ Juneteenth Day
Institution: Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and achievement. Two years after the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, announcing the end of the war and the freedom of the enslaved. This day has taken on a national and a global perspective, celebrating development and respect for all cultures.
Why celebrate in 2018: Though it started out as a celebration for freed Texas slaves, the holiday has spread to other communities, especially those with large African American populations. Today, slavery can be understood under several names: debt bondage, involuntary labor, sex trafficking, prison labor and, other forms that impact the most exploited of peoples and the most vulnerable persons the world over.
Lectio Divina: Reflections for Meditation
- Psalm 27:5-11 or 103:1-4,13-18
- Hebrews 10:19-24
- John 4:23-26 (Ep)
Audio Divina: Music Accompanied by Images
Enjoy the following liturgical dance selections from YouTube and let your heart and soul be touched by their messages.
DayStar Liturgical Dancers Pt. 1- Juneteenth and Black Music Month Celebration: The DayStar Liturgical Dancers during the International Civil Rights Center and Museum’s Juneteenth and Black Music Month celebration. The DayStar Liturgical Dancers are from St. Mathews United Methodist Church.
DayStar Liturgical Dancers Pt. 2- Juneteenth and Black Music Month Celebration:
Enjoy The DayStar Liturgical Dancers during the International Civil Rights Center and Museum’s Juneteenth and Black Music Month celebration. The DayStar Liturgical Dancers are from St. Mathews United Methodist Church. Music: “Nobody Knows the Trouble I Seen” from the album, In Bright Mansions – Licensed by Curb Records (on behalf of Curb Records)
For Spiritual Reading
An Interview with Sam Keen author of Sightings: This interview with the philosopher is about his book about extraordinary encounters with ordinary birds. Living with a sense of wonder for all creation develops all forms of nonviolence that can eradicate exploitation and foster unity in our world.
The First Precept: Reverence for Life – Commentaries by the Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn, on the Buddhist Five Precepts, or Five Mindfulness Trainings: This known teacher tells us: “Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I undertake to cultivate compassion and learn ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to condone any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life.”
For additional articles on respect and reverence for life, see “The Reverence Project”.
Visio Divina: Art for Prayer and Meditation
“Visual images are another doorway to sacred awareness. They can touch into our desire to grow in intimacy with God. So, we encourage one another to let ourselves be touched by the colors, shapes, figures and symbols that capture our attention most as we are praying. While gazing at an image ~ a painting, a photo, an icon, a sculpture, a piece of pottery … something may leap out at us, calling our attention to something of God just waiting to reveal itself to us.”
(Ideas inspired by Christine Valters Paintner and Betsey Beckman in their book, Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction. See also Abbey of the Arts.)
Logo: Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas
As you contemplate this logo what do you see? What do you hear? How does it connect to your understanding of diversity and inclusion?
Reflect into this quote … How does it speak to us of inclusion and communion?
What does it mean to me to be an ethical consumer? Do I know who benefits from my purchases?
Featured Videos and Movies
Ethos: The main point of this documentary film is to encourage people to engage in ethical consumerism. Ethos is a 2011 documentary film directed and written by Pete McGrain and hosted by Woody Harrelson.
13TH: 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” This documentary reveals inside stories of the prison industry.