Memo from MAM – April 30

Rev. MAM Time Away
As we enter the late spring and summer months, I will be gone for both Away-Time and Study Leave per my covenant agreement with the congregation and in the spirit of healthy ministry: 


Away: May 3 through 17
Study Leave: June 17 through July 1 
Preach and Teach July 2 through July 7   
Away: July 8 through August 5
Attend Worship and Teach August 4
Preach Water Communion August 11

Exploration Stations
During our April 21 Earth Day Celebration Sunday, we had a half hour for congregation participants to engage in various Exploration Stations:

  • Lettuce Eat Salad (seed planting)
  • Tour and Scavenger Hunt of Grounds and Courtyard (earthy outside)
  • Save the Planet by Eating Like a Bird (fruits, brownies, roasted crickets)
  • Face-painting and Stickers
  • Solar Array Presentation
  • Quiet Earth Creation Station
  • Labyrinth walk

Thanks everyone for your participation in all ways.

Another Exploration Station was on Zoom.
I shared some Earth Prayers from my well-worn book “Earth Prayers: From Around the World 365 Prayers, Poems and Invocations for Honoring the Earth” with the Zoom folks and asked them to write Love Letters to the Earth. Below are the inspiring results.

Love Letters to Mother Earth
From Beverly

Oh, its green all around me with sunlight coming through the leaves
and I am overwhelmed by the beauty of earth,
the return of flowers, spring and birds, and all is well here.
From Beverly Moore to Everyone: I hope for the rest of all the other earthlings that they can find that beauty in their lives soon. that the trees will regrow where destroyed and the grain will rise.

From Trish

The Earth is my mother, as I am a mother,
I care for my children, my children’s children, and for all their children yet to be.
I care for the earth to be there for them. 
We all deserve to be part of the great continuum
that is our past, present, and future. 
The Earth is my mother, as we are all mothers and fathers
who care for earth, who care for our future.

From Tim

The sound of your voice has always comforted me.
I hear it when I stop and listen.
I hear it in the sound of rivers and brooks,
any water on the shore, waterfalls,
the wind in the trees, birds and insects on a sunny day,
and in both the gentle rain and the storms.
You are always there for me and I thank you.

From Cynthia

Dearest Mother Earth:
You are EVERYTHING to us. You nourish us in ALL of your ways:
Sun Air Water Fire Earth. You are our beloved Mother,
And we are your children. Let us love you in ALL of our ways.

From Audrey 

Letter to Mother Earth – you are beautiful!
Thank you for the river and the ocean.
 Thank you for the ground and trees. 
Thank you for fruits and vegetables. 
I’m sorry for how I’ve treated you throughout the years,
throwing things on the ground. 
I will make amends to you
by putting things in the trash and recycling things.
  Love, Audrey

From Lee
In his 1994 book, Pale Blue Dot, Carl Sagan comments on what he sees as the greater significance of the photograph, writing:
From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.
On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. 

From Marge

Mother Earth
I am blessed when feeling the warmth of sunshine.
I am blessed to feel the cloak of inclusion walking woodland paths.
I am blessed to hear song birds in the morn.
I am blessed to see beauty of spring blossoms and greening trees.
I am humbled by these rich gifts, oft overlooked.
Mother Earth, make me mindful of these blessings.
I am grateful.

Blessings everyone.  Blessings Mother Earth.

Rev. MAM
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

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