For everyone born by Shirley Erena Murray

For everyone born, a place at the table,
for everyone born, clean water and bread,
a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing,
for everyone born, a star over head.

Refrain:Cross and bowl

And God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace;
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice, and joy.

For woman and man, a place at the table,
revising the roles, deciding to share,
with wisdom and grace, dividing the power,
for woman and man, a system that’s fair. Refrain

For young and for old, a place at the table,
a voice to be heard, a part in the song,
the hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled,
for young and for old, the right to belong. Refrain

For everyone born, a place at the table,
to live without fear, and simply to be,
to work, to speak out, to witness and worship,
for everyone born, the right to be free.

 Photo courtesy: Daphne Martin-Gnanadason
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Women’s Day 2012

Poster by Aiko Widhidana Sumichan

Poster by Aiko Widhidana Sumichan

Excerpt from liturgy on International Women’s Day 2012 by YWCA

“Crumbs. We have so many in our lives. A Crumb is a fragment of bread. A dispensable small thing that we easily throw to dogs or in the garbage. Have you ever felt like a crumb? Have your people felt like crumbs?…But we are not crumbs. We fight, shout, pray, get educated, hold together in the face of pain and suffering. And we want more than crumbs….”