Day 10: Broken Hearts, Wake the Town

Turn my head from suffering and I miss life, too.
Crack me open
bring me back alive, and
show me truth.

Turn toward suffering and claim life,
Present to hurt and lies.

Our anguished hearts
honor the beauty and necessity
of lives beyond our own.

Let our broken hearts ignite
the warning fires.
Rouse the town to suffering,
to goodness, and to life.

Rev. Karen Brammer is the UUA’s Green Sanctuary Manager and Minister at the Fourth Unitarian Society of Westchester in Mohegan Lake, NY.


Today’s practice is to participate in the Climate Ribbon arts ritual, a project that grew out of the People’s Climate March to grieve what each of us stands to lose to “climate chaos” and affirm our solidarity as we unite to fight against it. Join the Climate Ribbon by adding your voice to the project and/or organizing a ritual for a group of loved ones or fellow people of faith and conscience.  

Today’s resource for deepening this message is this collection of worship resources from Commit2Respond, which has been growing throughout Climate Justice Month. Helping each other grieve is essential in our communities of faith. You can add your own most meaningful worship resources by commenting on the page; resources from all traditions are welcome.


Commit2Respond's Climate Justice Month intends to take you through a transformative spiritual process leading to long-term commitments to climate justice. At the end of the month you will be asked to SHIFT to a low carbon future, ADVANCE human rights, and GROW the movement. Learn more and start thinking about how you will #commit2respond to climate change.


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  • commented 2015-04-02 13:32:28 -0400
    I truly appreciate this. It seems the best of lessons, to understand this. But difficult. This post reminds me of wabi sabi and of Leonard Cohen’s lines: “Ring the bells that still can ring – there is a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in.” It’s so easy, too easy, to despair. It can be difficult to move past frozen despair.

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