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Wake Up!
Wake Up!

Let us wake up.
Not just from the Sunday morning exhaustion, from the wish for a few more drowsy minutes in bed.
Let us wake up to this world we live in: to its beauty and wonder, and also to its tragedy and pain.
We must wake up to this reality: that not all in our world have what we do, however much or little that is.
We must wake up to the idea that our wholeness, our lives, are only as complete as the lives of those around us, of those we are inextricably tied to in a great web of mutuality, of which all of us are part.
We must #staywoke, in the words of our friends and colleagues involved in Black Lives Matter, working every day for racial justice in our country.
Let us wake up, let us stay awake, let us #staywoke.

And now, in this time and place, let us worship together.

About the Author

  • Rev. Christian Schmidt is senior co-minister, with his wife, Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley. He grew up in Texas and has served congregations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, and California.

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revchristian 3 years 8 months ago

I wrote this for our worship service at the 2015 Joseph Priestley District Racial Justice Conference. Thanks to Kenny Wiley for introducing me to the term "stay woke."

revroberta 3 years 8 months ago

I used this reading to open a service on "Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement" 


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