By Shirley Burden

I wonder why some people don’t like me.

I like rain; And cool woods; White snow at Christmas; Frost on the window paine.

I like clouds floating in a blue sky; And birds; And cats; And little puppies.

I like the sea when it wears diamonds; And castles; And sand when it squeezes through my toes.

I like flowers in spring; And lambs; God; And angels with wings

I like the smell of burning leaves; And the taste of juicy red apples; Pretty dresses; And weddings; And babies

I wonder why some people don’t like me.






 As we gather during this month of Black History

1)   When did you first notice that people were treated differently because of their race?

2)   When did you notice that there were some people who were not liked, simply because of  their race?

3)  What does White Privilege mean to you?

4)   Share a time when you or someone you know benefitted from White Privilege.

5)  Read these three quotes: What do they mean to you?

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.  Audre Lorde

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. Audre Lorde

When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.  Langston Hughes


Radical welcome is spiritual practice that combines the ministry of welcome and hospitality with a faithful commitment to doing the theological, spiritual and systemic work to eliminate historic personal and systemic barriers that limit the genuine embrace of all groups of peoples, especially those who have been historically marginalized.

Adapted from the United Methodist Women’s Racial Justice Program

To radically welcome means to understand that each group brings gifts and perspectives that help the whole to fulfill god’s dream and purpose.


Oh, God, Creator of all peoples and all of creation.

We give you thanks for the rich diversity of peoples who share life with us on this one earth.

We recognize the gifts each person, each peoples, brings to our lives.

We recognize, too, that for too many, there is not yet a place at the table.

There are still too many people asking a simple question, “I wonder why people don’t like me.”

We, as people of God, commit ourselves anew to serving as a radically welcoming community, both individually and collectively.

Prayer, by Jacqueline Haessly

Poetry from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/


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