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This Is Our Home, But Not Just Ours

We gather here to remember this is our home, but not just ours.
This land we live on, this water we drink, this air we breathe;
These old mountains that hold us steady to our ground;
These forests that give us their healing green, these flowers that give us their beauty and fragrance, these fields that give us our daily bread, these stars that show us our place.
The wilderness and the tame backyards, all of it our home.
We remember the ancestors who have lived on this land, and who have shaped it:

[Note: please amend to reflect the indigenous people of your own geographical setting:] The Cherokee, the settlers, the mountaineers, the farmers, the hunters, the immigrants, the artists, the families, the explorers, the business-people, the engineers, the builders, the scientists, the teachers, the workers, the leaders.

We inherit their choices.
We honor the animals and creatures that have made their home in this land, the ones here now, and the ones that used to be here.
We envision the future generations who will live on this land, and let their voices fill our hearts.
We gather here to remember this is our home, but not just ours.

A gold and green painting of conifers, mountains, and a sun.

Litany for Those Lost to Climate Change

By Erica Baron

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Leader: [if applicable: In addition to our own beloved dead], we take the time to acknowledge all those already lost as the world feels the effects of global warming and climate change. Thousands of people, as well as animals and plants, die every year from the effects of global climate change....

Litany for Those Lost to Climate Change

Garden Prayer

By David M. Horst

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Early in the morning, before the children are awake and while the grass is still dewy, I like to walk in my garden. It’s “my” garden only because it shares the same small plot of land my family and I inhabit. The garden does not really belong to me; I belong to it—at least for the short time...

Garden Prayer