Lee Scott Poet- A Verbal Concerto: “On Unity of the Spirit”
The First Movement begins with this declarative statement:
Humanity is meant to be one people, respectful of and responsible for all.
And then come these Supportive Voices:
“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth…he said ‘Let us make humankind in our image….’” [Genesis 1:1ff. 26] And ” the wisdom from above is …full of mercy and good fruits…. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.” [James 3:17f.] Then there is this: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights….” [Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence] Or Chief Joseph, Nez Perce: “The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. … I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more.”
And Rabbi Michael Lerner asks if our public programs “lead to a society in which people tend to be …loving, and caring toward one another, trusted providers of mutual genuine recognition, filled with life, energy and hopefulness….” [Spirit Matters]
The Second Movement acknowledges
that it has been struggle for centuries to embrace the First Movement.
There are so many instances, even in my lifetime, of voices raised against civil discrimination, such as that when Rosa Parks’ quietly sat in the front of the bus against city ordinances or when Bob Dylan sang “How many roads must a man walk down until he is free? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.” And then there is the bullying hatred directed against Gays. Or the tragic instances of religious bigotry as in anti-Muslim expressions following 9/11, or Christian exclusivism rejecting other faiths, or even hostile exchanges between fundamentalist and progressive Christians.
In the Third Movement we celebrate reconciliation,
both recalled and anticipated,
as we slowly move toward our intended destiny.
Such as Jesus reportedly refusing to be drawn into the age-old controversy between Jews and Samaritans, as to the appropriate place to worship, by saying “God is spirit, and they who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” [John4:23] And “everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” [Luke 12:10] Or Paul’s appeal, as expressed in Ephesians 4:3, 6, to make “every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” as there is “one God and Father of all, … above all and through all and in all.”
And there is Brian McLaren: “We can reject the mutual hostility by which we have defined ourselves, respect different gifts we bring one another, and inject fresh hope into the global human equation through … human kindness.” [Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road, p.272]
Lee Scott, March, 2013