May the fire of this chalice we light today guide us through these days together. May it warm our hearts, may it guide our actions, may it illuminate our thinking, and may it remain with you throughout our time together.
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It is time now
Climate injustice is layered on top of centuries of colonialism and conquest, stolen land, and slave labor, and indigenous genocide. There are important signs of progress, but there still is such a long way to go to acknowledge and honorably address the historic need for truth telling, for reparations and healing.
But now is the time to go all in, to think big, to address foundational issues. Massive public and private resources will be mobilized. The question is, where? And in whose interest will those investments be made? It is so important to leverage this moment and this time of gathering momentum to advance equity, to create climate justice. It is time now, and what a time to be alive.
Now, nothing slows momentum like giving up hope. And hope is not optional for those whose lives stretch out into the next seventy years. For me, hope is not a feeling to have or not have. It is a virtue to be cultivated, a religious practice that nourishes your soul.
—The Rev. Lindi Ramsden
Sunday Morning Worship
The print edition misidentified the person lighting the chalice in the opening celebration, on pages 18 and 19. We regret the error.