Justice words

tapestry, Windermere Centre, Cumbria UK -- photo by Ana Gobledale

 

We pray for justice.

May our prayers guide our feet, hands and mouths into action.

 

 

Bethlehem Unwrapped, St James Piccadilly, London UK
Bethlehem Unwrapped, St James Piccadilly, London UK

 

Written during the USA’s first Gulf War by Jim Loney, active in the Christian Peacemaker Team, this litany provides a “spiritual response to violence” and is prayed regularly by Christian Peacemaker teams.

The litany includes several sections.  To give you a flavour of the litany’s potency:

 

 

 

One: Let us resist and confront evil everywhere we find it

All: With the help of God’s grace

One: With the waging of war

All: We will not comply

One: With all preparation and training for war

All: We will not comply

One: With the forces of fear

All: We will not comply

One: With the legalization of murder

All: We will not comply

One: With the legalization of genocide

All: We will not comply

One: With laws that betray human life

All: We will not comply

Peacemakers Litany of Resistance – full text

Climate Change march, London UK
Climate Change march, London UK

The Eco-Church UK website provides ready-to-use creation-theme and climate justice prayer activities.

 

One prayer activity opens with the pouring of water into a bowl as these words are said aloud:

 

 

 

God has chosen the rolling tide
the flowing river
the rushing stream
the flooding burn
to hold all of heaven
and her promise.

 

One is invited to include in worship themes related to climate justice including biodiversity, agriculture, food production and endangered species.

Climate Justice theme resources — Eco-Church, UK