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Rev. Naomi King
teacher of embodied spiritual practices
Interests: knitting, yoga, gardening, laughing, cooking, reading, Unitarian Universalist minister, using this wheelchair to go places!
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A Prayer for Hospitality Workers - Week of August 8, 2022 Grace and Generosity support and sustain all those who work in hospitality and related trades and businesses. May each and all be treated with respect, dignity, and generosity, recognizing the hard work of showing up night and day to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at UniversalistPrayers
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A Prayer for Travelers, Week of August 1, 2022 Beloved, may the way ahead open and be easy. May we meet welcome at each stop along the way. May we encounter kindness and generosity and share curiosity and generous joy in return. May we travel with respect for the people... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2022 at UniversalistPrayers
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Week of June 26, 2022 Beloved, let our nights and days fill with the varied fragrances of compassion, showing up as a generous and kind neighbor to strangers, making amends where we have swerved away from what love challenges us to become or integrity invites us to embody. Beloved, may... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2022 at UniversalistPrayers
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Prayer for the Week of June 19, 2022 Beloved, may I have the courage of the ancestors who said “no more” to injustice and resisted the wheels of power rolling over them. May I have the resilience of ancestors who whispered “we will create a way” when there was no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2022 at UniversalistPrayers
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Bless the fathers, made by choice, adoption, marriage, neighborhood, extended kinship, and blood Bless the fathers, however they are gendered, the ones who nurture gardens of wonder and hard work The ones who nurture families of enoughness and generous laughter The ones who are still figuring this whole fatherhood thing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at UniversalistPrayers
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Prayer for the Week of June 12, 2022 Heart of Love grant us all the beauty bestowed to those who are tender-hearted, who are kind past easy and compassionate past bravery. Let us all be so beautiful. Heart of Love grant us all the beauty bestowed to those who speak... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2022 at UniversalistPrayers
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Week of June 5, 2022 Glorious and Gracious Lover of Life, the one who blows the dandelion, milkweed, and maple seeds spinning off into new tender adventures, help us savor this life in the small moments, the breath, the wish wending from one heart to the fertile earth of another.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2022 at UniversalistPrayers
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Beloved, Fiercely Fabulous, persistent, creative, may we flower, fly, and flutter in these sacred images. May we dare to be our whole, beautiful selves, loving boldly, knowing that will appear in many hues and guises, many differing mutual expressions, many splendid ways we haven’t imagined or created yet. May we... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2022 at UniversalistPrayers
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Beloved, may we remember the ones we lost untimely, unjustly, and unhappily. As we put out small flags and cherished pictures, bake their favorite cake and fill vases with the flowers they planted last year or a hundred years ago, may we make space for the observances of grief. Grief... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2022 at UniversalistPrayers
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Creator of Diversity, Lover of Life that is Weird, Funky, Astounding, Surprising, Laughable, and Stunningly Wonderful, welcome us to our whole selves, the difficult and the delightful, the cherished and the disliked. Teach us to love ourselves and each other in our varied genders and expressing them, to love ourselves... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2022 at UniversalistPrayers
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One who is delighted by blossoming fragrances and the music of bees, bend your heart in the direction of all in need of comfort, of care, of sweetness and refuge. May our courageous songs be carried on the breeze through the treetops and along the clouds, to reach everyone who... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2022 at UniversalistPrayers
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Prayer for Possibility, Change, and Transformation May 8, 2022 Lover of Possibilities, Change, and Transformation blow through our lives more gently, please. Or at least give us a reminder to have a go bag and a charged phone and the contacts of this four-times-removed-friend’s-seventeenth-cousin. Lover of Possibilities, Change, and Transformation... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2022 at UniversalistPrayers
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Prayer for the Week of May 1, 2022 Lover of Being thank you for waiting while I catch my breath, resting with me amid the hustle, the restlessness, the fearfulness that keeps us from slowing down, pausing to savor the day, pausing to greet and find out more about one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2022 at UniversalistPrayers
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Mother’s Day 2022 Prayer Nourisher of Being, may we pause to consider those who mother, regardless of their gender, Mothers of communities and in community, Mothers of courage who are also mothers who fear, Mothers who glitter and skinned-knee mud-splattered mothers, Mothers who know what they’re doing some of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2022 at UniversalistPrayers
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I still plant trees. I plant trees whose beauty and full growth I will probably never see (remember, that’s usually hundreds of years — the trees I plant will mostly be tree-teens or early adults by the time I die... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2019 at The Wonderment
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When I practice yoga or meditation or spiritual singing or rolling meditation or dance prayer or contemplative prayer I am not retreating from the world. I am, instead, meeting life and the world through these practices. I may be shifting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at The Wonderment
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In the United States and elsewhere in the world, there is a stony-hearted, stiff-necked and unkind view of the many facing oppression, suppression, and deportation that these migrant peoples, including children and infants, are deserving whatever the government is dishing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Holding onto your culture and beliefs can be a challenging thing when that culture and those beliefs do not reflect what is expedient, what is remunerative, and what is safe under a particular government. Written in part to and for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Human beings are storytellers. Part of the philosophical tradition that informs yoga, and is particularly a feature of Kripalu Yoga, the practice I study, is this question of tat and sat, trying to attend to what is true and real.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at The Wonderment
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There are times in a devout person’s life where we will want to make vows. We might take on a practice of abstaining from something we enjoy as an offering. We might vow to undertake prayer five times a day... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at The Wonderment
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This week’s section of Numbers (25:10-30:1) sees the people preparing to figure out the appropriate shares of their future lands. Remember, this is a community in which land is the means to freedom, independence, and survival. Without land, the people... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Balaam, the prophet, is sent for by Balak, king of Moab. The Israelites are encamped along the edges of Moab and Balak is afraid of being overrun. He is afraid of losing power and he is afraid of losing the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at The Wonderment
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If you’re lucky enough to live someplace with wholesome running water, go ahead, turn on a tap, fill a cup, turn off the tap, and drink mindfully, attentive to the gift of good water and how dependent life is upon... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at The Wonderment
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I think there are so many Biblical stories about people choosing wrongly not because I believe the Holy is punitive and vindictive, but because I find that discerning what to do and how to do it well is probably one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at The Wonderment
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If you’ve never visited the Sinai or the Red Sea or the western edge of Egypt, take a peek at a map and ask yourself the same question generations have asked before you: why did it take forty years for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at The Wonderment