• Words, Wordlessness and Coping with Despair

    by Suzanne Belote Shanley - The cascade of global and national catastrophes is so devastating that we hear repeatedly on newscasts phrases such as “There are no words to describe Yemen.”  Nevertheless, a human rights official managed to locate a few: “Hell on earth for millions of children…starving and in

  • Listening to the Anguish of Racism

    By Brayton Shanley - It all started in 2016 with Donald Trump’s Muslim taunting.  Our Mission Council members were gathered for our winter meeting and the planning our next St. Francis Day when John Paul Marosy, one of our crew asked of our group:  “What is our world going to

  • Are We Contemplative Enough?

    by Father Warren Savage - My mother would always say to us, do not forget where you come from. You are a child of God. Titles get in the way. We only should be introduced as children of God.  We all come from a creator who does not have partiality,

  • On the Side of God, Light and Justice

    by Edgar Hayes - A wonderful start to the conversation of race in America--the day, music, panelists, food, attendees were all wonderful at Francis Day. Yet, it only scratched the surface. Its seedling is just bursting forth from the earth.  One day, it will produce Godly abundance. For me, to

  • It’s Not Easy Living with the Truth

    by Ruth Bass Green - The experience on October 6, at Agape will stay in my heart and mind forevermore. I was challenged in more ways than I’d hoped Never did I think I’d be enhanced by the sage smoke Nor the panelist and the topics they shared Which was

  • We Must Rid Ourselves of Systemic Racism

    by Tahirah Amatul-Wadud - As our country experiences such difficulty and we as a people are hurt by betrayal at its core, the single most important thing to me is to build and nurture ourselves and our community every way and every day that we can. It was cathartic to

  • No One Is Illegal

    by Maritza Cruz - Race still matters. In 2018, there are persistent social, political, and environmental inequities, and racism is only one component of the complex system of oppression. Rules and standards in our society are not race neutral. As children of color, we learn from a very young age

  • Defending the Victims

    by Alex Mooradian - To me, what stood out at St. Francis Day was the sense of caring among the attendees.  Everyone who spoke at the event, and who participated in the day as guests, shared the same desire to become more educated and involved.  Not everyone shared the same

  • Great Spirit—Jesus—God—Allah– Heal Us

    by Ann Rader - It was so important for there to be a white Christian voice saying- we repent, forgive us Lord, we reject the ways of the "white Christian” militarized economic system that has wreaked havoc upon your sacred people. Which has offended you. You - the Great Spirit

  • Worcester Inter-Tribal Indian Council: Sacred Fire and Pipe Ceremony

    By Nicole and Rick Braithewait Hunt and John Joubert - “[The challenge is] how do we come back to being one people again. We have the same spirit within us all. We’ve forgotten that.” Nicole Brathwaite-Hunt “The native part of me tells me that we’re a culture that is totally