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Every Third Thursday

Every Third Thursday
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Every third Tuesday, I am a Buddhist
I empty my mind and lighten my heart
And try to let go of attachments

Every other Friday, I am a Christian.
I look for the least of these
And try to love God and my neighbor

The full moon of the month finds me Wiccan;
I honor the dual nature of God
And find my rhythm as maiden, mother or crone

On the 15th of the month, I am humanist
I respect science, integrity of fellow humans
And all that we have learned and have made

Every fourth Wednesday, I am Hindu
I take a breath, and understand that what is unfinished now
Will remain for me to continue...next life

On alternate Fridays, I am Jewish
'Y'varekh'kha ADONAI v'yishmerekha,
I tell my children, softly touching each head

And the Thursdays and the Mondays, and the Saturdays and Sundays,
And all the other days in between
Find me reading, or listening, or watching

Philosophers, Muslims, Mormons, Baha’i and more
Fill my heart, touch my soul
And yet...

The one thing that none of these provide
To me
Is the certitude that they are The One

They lend me wisdom, sing to my heart
Cause me to question, help me find answers
Make me more me

And at the end of the day, every day,
I am Unitarian Universalist.

In parcel and in pledge
And with all my heart, all my soul,
All my mind and all my strength
I honor this faith
I hold it close
As it lets me run free.

About the Author

Joanna Fontaine Crawford

Joanna Fontaine Crawford

After having four children, lifelong UU Joanna Fontaine Crawford determined that there might be more effective ways to grow Unitarian Universalism. She is now a seminarian. She and her family attend Northwest Community Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston.

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