To Be Continued: Forgiveness

Lori Zooming (2) (2)

Dear Ones,

My calendar tells me I’m writing this on Erev Yom Kippur – the day before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We explored the concepts of repentance, atonement, and forgiveness in our service this past Sunday.

In that service, we also showed a video with my late colleague, Rob Eller-Isaacs, who said the litany of atonement he had written was meant to be in the first person, though it was changed to be in the third person for congregational use.

After the service, one of our UUFB members asked that I include the words as Rev. Eller-Isaacs spoke them in the video on our website. Here they are, and they will also be posted on our Facebook page and the Beloved Community Forum.

We Begin Again in Love (#1037 in the teal hymnal)

For remaining silent, when a single voice would have made a difference…
I forgive myself, I forgive you, We begin again in love.
For each time that our fears have made us rigid and inaccessible…
I forgive myself, I forgive you, We begin again in love.
For each time we have struck out in anger without just cause…
I forgive myself, I forgive you, We begin again in love.
For each time that our greed has blinded us to the needs of others…
I forgive myself, I forgive you, We begin again in love.
For the selfishness that set us apart and alone…
I forgive myself, I forgive you, We begin again in love.
For falling short of the admonitions of the spirit…
I forgive myself, I forgive you, We begin again in love.
For losing sight of our unity…
          I forgive myself, I forgive you, We begin again in love.
For those and for so many acts both evident and subtle which have fueled the illusion of separateness…
I forgive myself, I forgive you, We begin again in love.
May it be so.

Blessings,
Rev. Lori