maya angelou, presente

maya angelou, presente

Dr. Maya Angelou….poet, author, activist, civil rights leader, actress, dancer, survivor, poet, woman, prophet…she was and continues to be an inspiration on my journey.  Her death was a surprise to me but I also know that her spirit will continue to live on in me and so many others transformed by her life and witness.  I prepared this mini-liturgy in her honor for a meeting I went to recently.  ¡Maya Angelou, presente!  

Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud – Maya Angelou (audio clip)

Peace Prayer – Maya Angelou
Father, Mother, God,
Thank you for your presence
during the hard and mean days.
For then we have you to lean upon.
Thank you for your presence
during the bright and sunny days,
For then we can share that which we have
with those who have less.
And thank you for your presence
during the Holy Days,
For then we are able
to celebrate you and our families
and our friends.

For those who have no voice,
ALL ~ we ask you to speak.

For those who feel unworthy,
ALL ~ we ask you to pour your love out
in waterfalls of tenderness.

For those who live in pain,
ALL ~ we ask you to bathe them
in the river of your healing.

For those who are lonely,
ALL~ we ask
you to keep them company.

For those who are depressed,
ALL ~ we ask you to shower upon them
the light of hope.

Dear Creator, You, the borderless
 sea of substance, we ask you to give to all the 
world that which we need most—Peace. Blessed be.

Draw the Circle Wide – Mark Miller (video)
Draw the circle, draw the circle wide.
Draw the circle, draw the circle wide.
No one stands alone, we’ll stand side by side.

Draw the circle, draw the circle wide.
Draw the circle wide, draw it wider still.
Let this be our song, no one stands alone.
Standing side by side,
Draw the circle, draw the circle wide.

About delfinwaldemar

i am a native of miami, fl and i am of cuban and salvadoran heritage. i am a social worker and queer theologian who is passionate about engaging the intersections of religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and justice—specifically around lgbtq issues. i have a master in divinity as well as a master of social work. as an activist scholar of faith, i am interested in creating spaces where individuals and communities are safe and challenged to explore identity, expression, gender, and orientation in their complexities. i enjoy cooking, eating, laughing, writing, photography, eating more, “queerying” theology, and spending time with family and friends--especially my dearly beloved (while also driving him crazy). my approach to life is rooted in la lucha (the struggle)—lifting up our stories and experiences to inspire creative and authentic conversations and actions that thrive outside boxes transgressing dominant narratives. i hope this space will provide folks who feel isolated or disconnected from communities, especially religious one, an opportunity to wrestle and reconnect and re-member and simply be with the sacred. being raised roman catholic, i have felt marginalized and alone because of who i am within my church community--my queerness bars me from being able to pursue ordination and so this blog will be a space for me to share my journey of faith through homilies, pictures, liturgies, rants, prayer is that this space become a pulpit and sanctuary, a new way of living into our call to radical holiness juntos...a place where you, me, G-d will caminar juntos y juntas en la lucha. Amen.

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