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Call Out the Children
Co-founder of Unity
Reprinted with permission from Body, Mind, and Spirit Magazine, September 2023
“The Greater Family”
Written by Kathy Harwood Long
Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them,
for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Dear readers–I’m writing to each of you while in attendance at The Parliament of World’s Religions (PoWR) in Chicago. People from over 80 nations have gathered for the ninth time in 130 years to foster a Global Ethic for “Defending Freedom & Human Rights”. While here I have been feeling a deep connection with what I call my Greater Family, my spiritual family. The spiritual is not defined by religions but is a way of being in which we live, work and serve for the well-being of all– including for the earth, water, air and all creatures. It is in this great Spirit of care and cooperation that we feel most true, fulfilled, and purposeful.
It is imperative that we seek out our Greater Family. It is within this type of community that we are more likely to find the kind of support that steadies and helps us heal our woundedness, whether from past experiences or current traumas. Our Greater Family on the planet, made up of people of all colors, cultures, and languages, supports the work and ethic that is required in our families of origin, neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries. I know this to be true personally within my biological family, within the church communities I have served, with the co-workers and families at Upland Hills School, and in the town I’ve called home for 20 years: Oxford Michigan.
The first day at PoWR I spent time at a prayer display of 30,000 ribbons –one for each child that has died due to gun violence since Sandy Hook. I wrote the names of the four killed at Oxford High School on Nov 30, 2021: Hana St. Juliana, Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre, and Justin Shilling. I cried long and hard as I also wrote the names of the many who have been so affected by this persistent tragedy across our nation. I then joined a prayer circle led by Lakota elders and other spiritual leaders from several countries and began to feel strength in our collective desire to pray, to grieve, to ground, and honor the great Spirit of Love.
The Greater Family is in our midst, drawing us together, to heal and to make our way through very challenging times. Whether at a Parliament of World’s Religions with upwards of 8000 people, or in your locale, we are finding each other. We are the Greater Family that addresses what pains us with the ethic of care and cooperation. Recently in Oxford hundreds of people from the community gathered to break ground for Hana’s Memorial Garden at Seymour Lake Township Park. Chris Nordstrom from the planning company of Carlise and Wortman shared, “We can work together and we can make some changes and make a difference.” Our Greater Family can and is doing what one person may think impossible. May we each choose to show up for the Greater Family. We can do this….Just do it!
Family of Light Prayer
Family of Light. I think of us. I pray on behalf of us.
Not in terms of what I think we need or what I think
we should do or be or express. I lift up my thoughts about us.
I see us as we truly are: a holy family of Divine Light, Love, and Wisdom.
I see us each guided and directed by an inward spirit that
leads us unerringly onto paths that are just right for us.
I see us strong and whole.
I see us blessed and prospered.
I see us courageous and confident.
I see us capable and successful.
I see us free from all limitations or bondage of any kind.
I see us as the spiritually perfect expression of Divine Love that we are.
Family of Light, I see us as a blessing.
(prayer inspired by Child of Light, written by May Rowland, Director of Silent Unity, 1915-1971.)
Friends Of Unity, 2023
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