Good News, 04.22.10

Friends:

As often as you can, take a trip out to the fields to pray;  all the grasses and flowers will join you.  They will enter your prayers and give you strength to sing praises to God. – Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

This Sunday we celebrate Earth Day.  You will learn about the Elegant Unfolding of the Universe.  Ro invites you to wear work clothes and help plant some new plants in our Native Garden after worship.  You may also do some further earth work after that if you choose.  We may receive some news about Solar Richmond from Dave, Jeanie, Parisa and Ro as well.   In preparation for Sunday please enjoy the sun, the flowers, the aromas, and the breeze that surround you; sipping clean water; and walking on an earth that supports you every step of the way.

Congratulations to Ethan Hepner on obtaining his Black Belt last Saturday!  Way to go, man.  He’ll be breaking boards for us in worship soon.

Martha Mantei reminds you that The Great Choruses of Broadway are being performed on May 7, 8 and 9.  Discount coupons are available in the Gathering Hall on the Kiosk.

Living in a Liberated World: On May 15 we will host a gathering for those in the Interfaith Community who want to live as Hope-Bearers and Earth Stewards in challenging times.  Building on the riches of our Holy Convergences we will explore how to live beyond religious differences into a shared Spirit of Wisdom.  Flyers are on the Kiosk.  Invite your friends.

The following poem is for all of you who are feeling like “cast down sheep” – flat on your back with legs flailing in the air wondering when will I get back on your feet….. This is also a gift from Good Shepherd Sunday and Psalm 23.

Manifesto:  The Mad Farmer Liberation Front – by Wendell Berry

Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay.
Want more of everything ready-made.
Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die.  And you will have
a window in your head. Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something they will call you.
When they want you to die for profit they will let you know.

So, friends, every day do something that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing. Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot understand.
Praise ignorance, for what man has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers. Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest that you did not plant,
That you will not live to harvest. Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold. Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

Put your faith in the two inches of humus that will build under the trees
every thousand years. Listen to carrion–put your ear close and hear
the faint chattering of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable.
Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.

Go with your love to the fields. Lie down in the shade.
Rest your head in her lap. Swear allegiance to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign to mark the false trail, the way you didn’t go.
Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Blessings, Pr. Steve