4.6 - Closing/Ritual Check out

4.6 – Closing Ritual/Checkout – (10 minutes)

A closing reflection to read before participants offer one word or sentence to capture their feeling.

Option 1.

A poem by Hope Johnson, from the book Voices from the Margins

One Love

We are one,

A diverse group

Of proudly kindred spirits

Here, not by coincidence –

But because we choose to journey – together.

We are active and proactive

We care, deeply

We live our love as best we can.

We ARE one

Working, Eating, Laughing,

Playing, Singing, Storytelling, Sharing and Rejoicing.

Getting to know each other.
Taking risks

Opening up.

Questioning, Seeking, Searching,…

Trying to understand…

Struggling…

            Making Mistakes

Paying attention…

            Asking Questions…

Listening…

            Living our Answers

Learning to love our neighbors.

Learning to love ourselves.

Apologizing and forgiving with humility

Being forgiven, through Grace.

Creating the Beloved Community – Together

We are ONE.

Book Reference:

Jacqui James and Mark D. Morrison-Reed (2012). Voices from the Margins. Skinner House.

Option 2.

A prayer by Peter Morales, from the book Voices from the Margins

Our Work Is Not Yet Done

O, Spirit of Life and Love that lives within us and among us, be with us now. Help us take our history into our hearts as well as our minds. Open us, so that we can feel our past live in us – the joy, the disappointment, the passion, the pain, the hope. Let the past, all of it, live in the core of our being.

Let us be humble. Let us be honest. Help us to take instruction from our past. And let us also be inspired. But more than anything, let us feel your spirit, the spirit of deep compassion, here among us this very moment.

O, Spirit of Love and Life, help us know, truly know, that we are your people, bound together by our collective memory and, more importantly, by our shared aspirations. We are not perfect. We mess up. Sometimes we talk too much. Yet we are drawn together by what we love, by what we hold sacred and by a vision of what we may yet create together.

Finally, tender and gentle Spirit, guide us. Inspire us. Embolden us. For our work, your work, O spirit, is not yet done.

Book Reference:

Jacqui James and Mark D. Morrison-Reed (2012). Voices from the Margins. Skinner House.

Option 3.

Notice (or say)…

…One thing you notice in your body.

…One thing you notice in your breath.

…One thing you notice in your mind.

…One thing you notice in the group you’re with right now.

Option 4.

Read this poem by Cherrie Moraga, published in the book A Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, and the explanation from the website Radical Notions:

http://ourradicalnotions.tumblr.com/post/55441737049/the-welder-by-cherrie-moraga-found-in-this

“We plead to each other,
we all come from the same rock
we all come from the same rock
ignoring the fact that we bend at different temperatures
that each of us is malleable up to a point.”

– Cherrie Moraga, “The Welder”

In Cherrie  Moraga’s poem “The Welder”, she write about how she believes it is possible for women of all colors to work together, to become one cohesive unit. She describes herself as a welder, joining together different kinds of people the same way a welder joins together different kinds of metal in order to form a new structure that is solid and steady. She understands that it is not an easy task and that people are different, and that, in order to do this, women must bring together their different passions, ideas, and experiences to create one strong, multifaceted unit.

The second line of this quote “we all come from the same rock” is repeated twice. Moraga is emphasizing this idea. She does believe that all women come from the same starting point. However, rocks are not uniform. A rock is usually a composite of various minerals molding together. Just as the rock is an aggregate of different elements, women are a collection of different colors. They are different, but they are untied by a common thread. Alone, they are just minerals, strong in their own way, but susceptible to the same thing. Together, however, they are more resistant to damage. If a rock consists of both quartz and feldspar, one may be able to try and weaken the quartz, but the feldspar will stabilize the rock. If women are able to come together, work as one unit instead of their separate entities, they will be better protected against attack.Moraga is trying to explain how women are not the same, but they can still come together to form something strong and solid. Also, rocks are quite sturdy. It is hard to destroy a rock. Women are stronger together than they are apart.

The last two lines, however, bring up a new idea. Since women are different, every woman has different motivations, goals, and fears. Just because they are all women does not mean they must share the same properties. Women must learn not only to see the differences between them, but to understand them. White women must learn to understand the needs of African American women, African American women must discern the fears of Asian American women, and Asian American women must recognize the goals of Native American women. In order to fully support each other, women must understand that there differences.

As the welder, Moraga is saying that she will bring these women together, fuse these parts into a new entity to create something stronger. In order to become one unit, women must unite over their shared passions and desires, the ideas that keep them fighting and enflame their anger. Together, they will be more powerful, more indestructible, than they would be alone.