Day 1 – Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons

The Daily Reflection on Our Journey
Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, Senior Minister, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Kansas City, MO

The impulse to think of ourselves, or our communities, as special—as uniquely chosen, blessed, or superior – may be built into our human evolutionary heritage.  Whenever we seek meaning in our lives, our deaths, and our sufferings, that myth will always be a temptation, whatever faith we profess.  To grow into genuine spiritual maturity, we must lay aside this dangerous fantasy.  Instead, we must nurture the inner humility and collective justice that recognizes our common humanity, equality, and interdependence.  The future of our species depends on this, and we can never be fully human or whole or faithful otherwise.

Questions for Reflection

  • Can you recognize why a person who does not find the idea of any gods as self-aware personalities persuasive, would believe it all the more important for human beings to treat one another with respect, love, tolerance, and empowerment of all persons and groups?
  • What in your heart needs healing, and how does that connect to the healing of our institutions and our society?

Suggested Holy Texts

I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see, I am sure it bends towards justice.

Rev. Theodore Parker, 1863

 

We are concerned for the well-being of all, are committed to diversity, and respect those of differing yet humane views. We work to uphold the equal enjoyment of human rights and civil liberties in an open, secular society, and maintain it is a civic duty to participate in the democratic process and a planetary duty to protect nature’s integrity, diversity, and beauty in a secure, sustainable manner.

from Humanist Manifesto III, 2003

The Common Prayer on Our Journey

Source of all being, Sacred mystery, you are the wellspring of justice. Weaver of the warp and weft of history, weave our lives into the fabric of your will. Guide us towards the Beloved Community. Forgive us when we have failed to give shape to the Beloved Community in our communities and in our lives.

All around us the ugly onslaughts of white nationalism, hate crimes, and systemic racism devastate your people, divide us, and threaten our democracy. All around us the wicked strut, and in high places are those who encourage the basest of attitudes and actions. Grant us wisdom and courage to confront these evils with the power of love and truth. Free us from timidity and equivocation. Help us to be bold in thought and action. May our lives and our faith communities model the change we hope to see in the world.

As we approach the November elections, keep us mindful that the right to vote is a sacred trust won by beatings, by imprisonments, by blood, by the relentless struggles of many who came before us. Help us to honor that legacy. May we vote our conscience and encourage others to do the same.

Heal our nation. Heal our hearts. Heal our nation. Amen.

Gamaliel National Religious Leaders’ Caucus invites you to 40 Days of Reflection on Our Journey to the Polls

Few national elections have had similar consequences as the November Election in 2020. Our nation stands in crisis and at a significant crossroad. The Gamaliel Network, an interfaith coalition of persons of faith who stand and act together for justice and equality, pledges to undergird the 40 days leading up to the election with prayer and reflection.

We urge you to use the Common Prayer below every day. On each day, we have asked a faith leader, from different traditions, to offer a reflection on the Common Prayer at this Moment of American Crossroads. We urge you to begin this prayer preparation with a day of fasting on Sept. 24,(or a similar expression of spiritual preparation), and then to engage in prayer at a time of your choosing each day, to prepare yourself, your friends and neighbors, and our nation, for this election.

The Gamaliel Religious Leaders Table has written a “Theological Statement on Hate Crimes and White Nationalism.” a faith statement on “White Nationalism.” The link to this statement is: https://gamaliel.org/our-work/religious-leaders-caucus/gnrlc-a-faithful-response-to-hate-crimes-and-white-nationalism/
Each reflection will include the leader’s personal reflection, questions for contemplation, and a suggested scriptural text from their tradition.

The Gamaliel National Religious Leaders’ Steering Committee

5 Comments

  1. pat faherty on September 23, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you for this comfort in scary times. God bless, pat



  2. Sharlyn Menard on September 24, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Love must prevail. Prayers for our nation and the families of our communities that will be impacted by the outcome of this election. Love must prevail.



  3. Sara Oaks on September 24, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you for your leadership in this



  4. Sharon Kirlin on September 24, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you so much for these words, this format, this way to focus myself and all my anxiety regarding this election. I will be joining in these prayers everyday as I sit in my home alone knowing I am a part of a “cloud of witnesses”.



  5. Tamerin Hayward on September 24, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Tonight’s meeting was incredibly meaningful! Thank you to all who participated. I could feel our strength together! Amen



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Day 37 – Rev. H. J. Coleman, Jr.

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Day 36 – Rev. Cynthia Owen Jarrold

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Day 33 – Rev. David Carl Olson

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Day 32 – Dr. Stephen D. Jones

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Day 31 – Rev. Dr. Ray Pickett

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Day 30 – Reirin Gumbel

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Day 29 – Rev. Charles Baugh

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Day 28 – Janan Najeeb

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Day 27 – Anahkwet (Guy Reiter)

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Day 26 – Ben Ramirez

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Day 25 – Rev. Tex Sample

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Day 24 – Rev. Dr. Heather Entrekin

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Day 23 – Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie

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Day 22 – Imam Christopher Caras

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Day 21 – Associate Elder Dorla Coleman Bonner

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Day 20 – Rev. David Gerth

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Day 19 – Sister Cheryl Liske

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Day 18 – Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin

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Day 17 – Rabbi Simone Schicker

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Day 16 – Bishop J. Drew Sheard

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Day 15 – Mary Gonzales

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Day 14 – Pardeep Kaleka

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Day 13 – Rev. Charles H. Coleman, Sr.

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Day 12 – Pastor Mary Martha Kannass

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Day 11 – Fr. Frederick Thelen

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Day 10 – Rev. B. De Neice Welch

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Day 9 – Rev. Dennis Jacobsen

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