Your Monday blessing, from my imprisoned colleague Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana. He has been arrested and his church in Burundi ransacked by police. This blessing definitely casts my mind to all the wonderful people I met in the refugee camps in Greece – much love and light to them. (A note on the poem: in Unitarian Universalism, the chalice is lit at the beginning of worship services as a symbol of the enlightened truth, burning hope and warmth of love that never quite goes out of the world.)
“When strangers meet, endless possibilities emerge:
New experiences, new ways of understanding, and new ways of taking action.
When strangers meet, each pays special attention to the other.
Each is called to serve something larger than the self.
Today, this morning, let’s light the chalice:
For openness, for willingness to grow,
For rich curiosity, and for common purpose.”