Be the Change Poems, Prayers and Meditations for Peacemakers and Justice Seekers

By Stephen M. Shick
From Skinner House Books

This collection is designed to inspire and sustain activists and others who are working for a better world. Brimming with poignant and inspirational quotations and verse from Jesus to Shakespeare to Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rachel Carson and Maya Angelou.

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Suppose you scrub your ethical skin until it shines,
but inside there is no music,
then what?


Suppose you cried a thousand years for a child who died
when she drank bad water.

Suppose you organized a great movement
to clean the water.

Suppose you carried the first filled glass
to the child's sister.

Suppose you lifted it to her lips.

Suppose you watched her dive into the glass,
splash, and swim on.

About the Author

Stephen M. Shick

Stephen Shick is the founding director of the Unitarian Universalist Peace Network and former director of U.S. programs for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. A lifelong peace activist, he is senior minister at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson in Hudson, Massachusetts....

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