Photo © Ron Greene*
We gathered in the plaza in front of St. Raphael's, near where a tree was planted by this same group about ten years ago. I took the two photos below a few years ago; the tree has grown larger now.
My contribution was a prayer to the Mother of Justice, followed by singing of a beautiful round called "When We Are Gone," written by Anne Hill and Starhawk and published in The Pagan Book of Living and Dying (as is the prayer). We have done this enough times now for some of the people to know the song, so the singing was fuller, richer, and sweeter than it's been in past years.
Sometimes people ask why I do this. The answers are many, but the main one is that there are Pagans among our nation's homeless, and they have told me how much they appreciate seeing a Pagan face among the speakers. They have also said they're glad to see acknowledgement of goddess worship.
In service to Coventina,
M. Macha NightMare (Aline O'Brien)
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* Ron Greene has several entries on the homeless in Marin, accompanied by moving photos, on his blog site. In this photo, I am in the left foreground wearing purple and a big pentacle.