Thursday, October 24, 2013

Standing with our Sister – v7

We were too long silent
just now starting to speak
too slow to act, to stand up
but now is a time for justice
to say no to power

Standing with our sister
with our brothers
a line drawn in the sand
dropping our own stones of judgment
laying them down, heavy

Seeking reconciliation
not making them the lamb
a sacrifice, upon the altar
loving all our neighbors
offering love, offering Christ

Even to those called the others
all of them worthy
for none of us are better
all of us are broken
we all need God’s grace

Edited October 23, 2013
Standing with our Sister – v7
Edited October 6, 2013
Standing with our Sister – v4
 (editing original again)
new poem September 21, 2013
Standing with our Brothers
Edited September 20, 2013
Standing with our Sister – v3
(editing original again)
August 29, 2013
Standing with our Sister – v2
June 12, 2011 and June 13, 2011
Standing with our Sister
June 13, 2011
“Welcoming Christ”
Edited September 7, 2013
“Making the secular Holy – v2”
new poem September 7, 2013
“Making the secular Holy”
This poem is about my wife and me when we got married
in a civil service on December 17, 2004 in Concord, NH in White Park
and then before our church family at
Wesley United Methodist Church in Concord, NH
on April 23, 2005.
We celebrate 2 anniversaries because they both mean a great
deal to us, in very different ways.
I grieve for those who are able to marry civilly in so many
states now, such as NH, but are unable to marry in their
United Methodists churches and for the clergy who are put on trial
for choosing to go against the Discipline to marry them.
trials of Rev. Frank Schaefer
and Rev. Thomas Ogletree
and  Rev. Steve Heiss
Edited September 7, 2013
For Offering Love – v2
June 22, 2011
For Offering Love
John 8
Samuel Thompson’s
Inclusion Essay
shared at the New England United Methodist Church
Annual Conference
in response to call by Reconciling Ministries Network
for essays describing, “My vision for an inclusive church”,
June 10, 2011
Love on Trial,
the case against the Reverend Amy DeLong,
which begins on June 20, 2011
in part inspired by conversations with
the Reverend John Makokha
Riruta UMC
Children of Africa Hope Mission Project in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
Matthew 25:31-46
The Sheep and the Goats
Matthew 28:18-20
Great Commission

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 25,860+ of my poems at Poetry Where You Live.

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