Saturday, May 12, 2007


According to Wikipedia the "Mother's Day Proclamation" by Julia Ward Howe was one of the early calls to celebrate Mother's Day in the United States. Written in 1870, Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The Proclamation was tied to Howe's feminist belief that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.
Today, the proclamation is included in the Unitarian Universalist hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition.

Mother's Day Proclamation

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

How Old Am I?

You Are 25 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Thanks to Eileen

Sunday, May 06, 2007

SUNDAY continued

A late spring storm closed the roads to Rock Springs and Eden so I am sitting at my computer having emailed a "tuned up" version of my sermon to Holy Communion Church. This is a photo of the window that I look at when I preside at the altar. It is in the back of the church and very tall. Sometimes I think it would be good to turn the pews around so everyone can see it. The side windows are made from chunky glass and offer endless meditation on the meaning of the event depicted. This one is of Jesus healing, look at the bottom of the window for more bits. It is about 1/3 as tall as the window in the back. There are 10 of these.
On the way home from Rock Springs I visit Oregon Trail Memorial Church in Eden. The Eden/Farson valley is traditionally a ranching community but has begun to feel the impact of the drilling for oil and gas in the Jonah Field and elsewhere.
I miss seeing everyone. Hopefully the weather will improve in June. But, as we say, "we need the moisture!!!"