grandkids' call to offering
"it's 3:23 in the morning
and I'm awake
because my great great grandchildren
won't let me sleep
my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unraveling?..."
writes Drew Dellinger.
In part, I respond,
"I joined this congregation
and supported and strengthened
the people and the environment
in my corner of the world;
I worked to keep my self, and my family and my community
as healthy and as strong as possible.
I exercised my right of conscience,
and covenanted with these people—-
this congregation, free of state and church hierarchy—-
to journey together
and care for each other and our world.
I donated my time, and my talents.
I pledged my financial support
*and* I gave an additional dollar or two each week,
to demonstrate my commitment to our shared venture.”