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Written by Rev. Floyd Thompkins, Jr.; Peter Goldblum, Ph.D.; Rev. D. Mark Wilson, Ph.D.

Download Litany for Libation for Mental Health (pdf)

For #BlackHistoryMonth

All: Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chastening rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our people sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears have been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.
From “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson

Leader: Zulu, Maasai, San Bushman, Yoruba, Xhosa, Hausa, Himba, Oromo, and Chaga from out of Africa we suffered drama, trauma and pain. Bodies left in the middle passage, families obliterated for generations and whole civilizations torn asunder by the greed of those who valued profit over humanity.

People: Upon these wounds we pour out our hope and call forth the Spirit of God to refresh, renew and recovery the hurt, hopeless and the lost.

[Leader pours water on rocks with the names of mental illnesses on them]

Leader: Slavery, Sharecroppers, Jim Crow, Segregation, Integration, and Gentrification are policies and practices of systematic death and denial of human dignity.

People: Upon these wounds we pour out our hope and call forth the Spirit of God to refresh, renew and recovery the hurt, hopeless and the lost.

[Leader pours water on rocks with the names of mental illnesses on them]

Leader: Racism, Sexism, Transphobia, Xenophobia, Homophobia, and arrogant Eurocentric expressions of faith smothered the culture of a people and rob them of their coping and healing ways.

People: Upon these wounds we pour out our hope and call forth the Spirit of God to refresh, renew and recovery the hurt, hopeless and the lost.

[Leader pours water on rocks with the names of mental illnesses on them]

We are here to pray, hope and work with the Spirit of the living God and the faith of a loving people! In the name of the Creator, Redeemer and Giver of life.

Created through a grant from the Northern California Kaiser Foundation to Project Trust.