The theme for November is Memory – The practice of honest remembrance & honoring the shoulders on which we stand.
I have many memories of my paternal grandmother. Ninie was her “grandma name”, a name she inherited from at least two grandmas before her. When I look at my hands, I see her. She comes to me in my dreams, and when blue birds of any kind cross my path, I know she is with me. She taught me to knit, make cinnamon rolls and eat homemade chocolate sauce from a spoon. Ninie also taught me about civics – the rights and duties of citizenship. As we know all too well being a Sanctuary church, citizenship is not a given, and it comes with great privilege and responsibility. That was a lesson my grandma taught me over and over again. “Honey, it is your duty as a citizen to pay taxes. Honey, it is your duty as a citizen to honor the flag. Honey, it is your duty as a citizen to vote.”
I feel nervous about this upcoming election. I may be suffering from some PTSD from the 2016 elections, and I don’t say that lightly, rather authentically. You may be suffering, too. However, the message my grandma gave me applies more than ever: “Vote. It’s Important.”
If you have reviewed the Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book), you know that the Colorado ballot is long. It’s important to get all the way through it. Persevere. There are important issues at the end of the ballot. The slogans I’m hearing are:
“A comes after Z”
“You’re not done until 111”
I plan to practice our theme this month by honoring the shoulders of all the grandmas and citizens on which we stand. I plan to vote, and I invite you to join me:
WHAT: Interfaith Non-Partisan Blessing of the Ballots
WHEN: Thursday, November 1, 2018, 10:00-10:30 am
WHERE: Boulder County Clerk Office, 1750 33rd St, Boulder, CO 80301
WHO: Faith Leaders and members of their congregations from diverse faith traditions delivering their ballots.
Here is a Prayer on the Eve of an Election (for Election Day) by Tess Baumberger:
Spirit of Wisdom,
As we prepare to elect new citizens to lead us,
in our communities, town and cities,
in our counties, states, and our heart-torn nation,
grant us wisdom and discernment
so that we may choose those of peaceful heart,
of competent mind and of servant spirit.
Spirit of the Harvest,
Help us to winnow the grain from the chaff
and to reap the legacy of freedom
our founders planted for all of us.
Help us to gather together as one people
united in concern for this country
founded upon such promising ideals.
Spirit of Healing,
Grant that we may bridge the breaches
that have opened between us.
Help us to understand one another,
to listen to the stories of who we are,
and to find common ground
on which we can move forward together.