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Opening Prayer for UU District Annual Meeting

Opening Prayer

for the 2009 Annual Meeting

Pacific Central District, Unitarian Universalist Association


 Please join me in entering and centering and settling into this time and place, as I offer this prayer of intention for our annual meeting.

Spirit of Life and Hope, be present with us at this meeting. We give thanks for all gathered at this Assembly and those Unitarian Universalists who grace the life of our PCD congregations but could not be here today. We remember those leaders we have lost, in particular Patti Lawrence, our former trustee, mentor and friend, who passed away Thursday. We are grateful for so many gifts of service–for the gifts of time, talents, money and love to this movement.

We strive to support, strengthen and build this religious movement because it has meant so much to us. We trust that it can embrace many more people who long for fellowship, celebration, spiritual depth, and inspiration.

Grant us wisdom for our meeting today, with clear speaking and a deeper listening. Let us be together in ways that will draw the circle wide and wider still. Even as disagreements arise among us, let us not stand apart, but together, in solidarity, compassion and forgiveness. Let us practice with one another the way of hospitality that we aspire to offer those who visit and join our churches.

Spirit of Love and Grace, bless the people of this gathering, our families, congregation members, and the local communities in which we live and serve. In this time of deliberation and conversation, may we be drawn closer to one another, and closer to the heart of understanding and care. So may it be, and blessed be.

May 2, 2009 Mariott Hotel, Fremont, CA

By Roger Jones, Family Minister, UU Society of Sacramento

and Board Member, Pacific Central District-UUA


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