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I am here, We are here: National Gathering Updates

The following poem was written and shared by a Giving Voice participant at this year's gathering.

I AM HERE

I am here
to recharge and listen,
  to dream and laugh,
   to keep hope alive.

I am here
for collective wisdom and connection,
  for encouragement and support,
   for the world.

I am here
seeking hope and visions,
  seeking relationships and collaborations,
   seeking a way to be Christ today.

I am here
because I love God and the world,
  because I love Religious Life,
   because together we are creating and living its future.

We are here
gathering spirits,
weaving hearts,
sharing energy and fire.

We desire to
carry hope and light in the darkness,
   care for humanity and all creation,
    be God’s love, mercy, justice, hands, feet, ears, and voice.

So that we may
live the gospels and strengthen our communities,
heal divisions and build bridges,
    practice and become the emerging future of religious life.

Oh God, you are the longing in our hearts,

Christ, you call us to create the “Kingdom of God” on Earth,

Spirit, you guide us to love.

Here we are…

Poised to Lead!

For more updates from the National Gathering click here.