GHR 2011 Q4: Coming Together/Community

2011 Global Healing
Theme: Coming Together
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”—Henry Ford

Focus:   Community

Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn                                               

Quote: “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” Margaret J. Wheatley

Picture/symbol: The Starfish

Color:  A Rainbow, suggesting that each color has its place, but only as they come together to form one vision of unifying hope.

May we be like the morning forest, upon which the quenching dew feeds all together, and no one creature or plant goes wanting.May we be like the noon day forest, upon which the sun filters in enough light for all in their own place; where maternal old growth trees stand amidst the intimate embrace of ferns and dogwoods, brambles and vine, redbuds, mushrooms, lichen and moss.May we be like the afternoon forest, against which the gale of thunder storms seek our undoing; knowing that our ability to withstand the force against us is utterly dependant upon the way we find rootedness together.
In community we hold fast; alone we are quickly pulled up and cast aside to our doom.
May we be like the evening forest, creating space in which other creatures find sanctuary. Our shadows move like blankets of safety over other resting inhabitants. Stillness and quiet are our hallmarks. Only together are we known and yet still enveloped in mystery. Only together can our community be called a forest. Only together do we provide a place for each. Only together do we create a home in which each, and all, can thrive.
Only together. Only together. Only together.  May it be so. Amen.  —Rev. Warren Lynn 

Ideas for benefiting organization: Habitat for Humanity, National Resources Defense Council

Ideas for ambiance:  Let the seasonal changes determine the setting for your labyrinth walk. Branches of autumn leaves as we let go into winter. Gather food, clothes, shoes and gifts for those in your communities who are in need. Decorate with small colorful jewels sprinkled on sheer white cloth. The season calls for candles small battery candles are safe and create a quiet ambiance.

Music: “Music to Walk the Labyrinth” a synthesizer music for the Inner Journey. By Richard Shulman,

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GHR 2011 Q3: Coming Together/Civility

2011 Global Healing
Theme: Coming Together
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”—Henry Ford

Focus:   Civility

Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn

Quote: “Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none.” —Benjamin Franklin

Picture/symbol:  An Eagle, reminding us of strength and courage

Color:  Orange, like the color of the sun that sheds brilliant light upon our shadowy ways

On this day of brilliant possibility we invoke a wisdom that is simple enough for children and yet challenging for the wisest adult: be nice.
So let the grace that creation offers wash over my neighbors. Let my actions make way for the differences of those around me. May my way of being be a confession of what can be, but not a weapon to deny the hope of others. In this space, in this time may actions of holy civility be the path upon which we dance.
Share a breath with an other. Affirm someone else’s right to not agree with you. Choose to be kind. Offer embrace to a stranger. Hold the door open as someone else passes by. Step aside so that the other may also use the path of your going for different purpose. Honor the space that is big enough for all of us, and too small for only one of us. Celebrate the opportunity to disagree and still be friends, sisters, brothers, lovers. Rest in the wisdom that what you don’t agree with may have something important to teach you. Play fair. Amen.   —Rev. Warren Lynn

Ideas for benefiting organization: National Civility Center <>, local and/or national conflict resolution education programs; an example might be the Navajo Peacemaking Project <>

Ideas for ambiance: Beautiful flowers of fall colors (could use the small planted flowers and replant them for next year). Incorporate small group dancing with scarves. Use small bells or chimes when walking and share them with other walkers thus creating community.

Music: “Songs of the Earth and Sky” by Bill Douglas featuring the Ars Nova Singers. A combination of upbeat and light music.

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GHR 2011 Q2: Coming Together/Compassion

2011 Global Healing
Theme: Coming Together
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”—Henry Ford

Focus: Compassion
Response to: Tornadoes in USA’s South

Quote: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” Thomas Merton

Color:  Soft blue, like a comforting blanket on a cold night


(Kay Mutert, Veriditas Master Teacher, wrote a special prayer in response to the tornadoes that devastated her town, Tuscaloosa, Alabama and so many other cities in the South. It is attached below.)

Compassion is not afraid to feel. It is not afraid to suffer.  It is alive and beating and knows we are one—one with the Divine.  Come with passion to that which calls your heart no matter how big or small.
Allow yourself to feel what you feel, and it will lead you to that authentic true nature of things that bring you peace of mind.
Let the energy behind your heart’s passion move you into the action you want, need and desire. Open yourself to a world far deeper than your mind could ever know.
Walk your possibilities, and allow your potential to seek compassion in yourself so that you may serve yourself and the world in the tradition of the strong and the real. Every step you take is a healing step for yourself and others. Every step you take is a sacred step.
Walking the sacred Path of the labyrinth you heal your heart and soul. You heal the earth and all her people and creatures. It is time!  Amen                  —Jo Ann Mast, Veriditas Master Teacher

Ideas for benefiting organization: American Red Cross, United Way of Western Alabama (Tuscaloosa), United Way of Central Alabama (Birmingham)

Ideas for ambiance:  Living plants, flowers representing new growth and hope, candles, bells or chimes to ring while walking.

Music: “Quiet Heart and Spirit” by Richard Warner, “Compassion” by Peter Kater and “Gratitude” by Kim Robertson


Once again natural disaster has hit, as tornadoes twisted, turned and charged on, creating havoc and destruction across the Southeast of the United States.

Even as these communities strive to move out from under the rubble, the uncertain recovery of Japan continues. And our hearts are not far removed from past events around the world that still leave their mark, places and persons still scarred and broken, continued loss and emptiness.

We who are able, offer this prayer and thought to the Un-chosen transitions of our communities and world.


We know any loss touches all.
Loss of life is loss of life.
We are, as Thomas Berry said, a communion of subjects.
We are joined together in life, in story.

In the traditions of ancient wisdom and spirit,
may we both uphold the people and places lost and hurt
by this recent epidemic of storm destruction
and remember the losses in these other communities around the world,
those now a part of our past news.

May we continue not to forget…
not to forget the disasters of recent years and places,
not to forget the tragedy of Japan,
not to forget the present ache of the Southeast states.
May we hold each other in love and care.

And may we continue to hold hope and thankfulness—
for a community of persons who care across the world through the circle of the labyrinth,
for those who bodily, financially and spiritually respond to the needs of others,
for the promise of a new dawn, even when the night seems endless.

May the labyrinth call us all to remembrance.
May we acknowledge both the powerful hand of nature and
the promise-filled possibility of humanity.
May we be a helping world for a hurting world.

May we never lose our sense of compassion,
our cup never be too full to care and respond.

May our love and spirit be with all who mourn loss,
with all who work in the grace of recovery.
May we walk in love, care and compassion.

—Kay Mutert, TuscaloosaAL May 2, 2011—

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GHR 2011 Q1: Coming Together/Connection

2011 Global Healing
Theme: Coming Together
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”—Henry Ford

Focus:   Connection

Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn

Quote: “When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.”  —Deepak Chopra

Picture/symbol:  Two deer seeing eye to eye.

Color:  Yellow, like the spark between two fingers about to touch

Turning to one another is as simple as a heart-felt conversation to restore hope.  It is not our differences that divide us. It is our judgment about each other. Connecting through conversation is the natural way we as humans think together. Conversation takes time. We need time to sit together, to listen, to worry and to dream together.

As this age of turmoil tears us apart, we need to reclaim time to be together. When we begin listening to each other, and when we talk about things that matter to us, the world begins to change.
Reality doesn’t change itself. We need to act.  —Jo Ann Mast

Ideas for benefiting organization:  The Center for Nonviolent Communication (

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth: Candles, pillows in groups, snacks and goodies, coffee to promote lingering and sharing

Music:  “All is Forgiven,” Ashana (

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