Heal us, God, from:
too much talk about God, as if that could substitute for talking with people and learning their stories
fear in the steeples which has deformed us – our minds – our bodies – our sexuality – our gender identity – our ability to love God, self and others
the lies of the church which caused us to believe the history of the church was a path of sameness
church leaders who equated our being with sin, and attempted to reduce us to sinners and reduce us to silence
rituals which have excluded, piercing our hearts in the name of God
May those harmed by the church never lack the sacrament of the sweet smile of God.
May the church be healed and led by those it has harmed.
(Written using some phrases from I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body, Rubem Alves)