Eyes to See, Ears to Hear Peace Prayer group came into being out of a yearning of several Seekers to have a place to pray for peace and healing in our violent and chaotic world. Meeting since early 2007, the group has actively engaged Seekers community in using its eyes to see and ears to hear things we may not want to see and hear.
As a group or in collaboration with other Seekers, we have invited conversation in Seekers around human trafficking, health care, torture, environmental concerns, healing racism and learning from people of other faiths. We have facilitated a class in the School of Christian Living on the Beatitudes. We have offered the community opportunities to write to soldiers in Iraq. We have organized a Peace Camp sponsored by Seekers for one Saturday in the summer. We have initiated and are collaborating on an ongoing conversation on race and diversity with three other communities that call 276 Carroll Street their faith home, creating a rich and diverse community of communities working towards joint action out of our commitment to peace. We anticipate helping to create a School of Christian Living class to explore how Seekers can further engage the four Ps: Peace, Planet, Poverty and Purpose.
It is now time to be a mission group. Here is the call of the mission group:
Eyes to See, Ears to Hear Peace Prayer group is called to be a place of prayer and action for the myriad circumstances in the world that are in need of justice, peace and healing. The group’s name is taken from a sermon preached by Pat Conover at Seekers entitled “Seeing What You Don’t What to See.”
In that sermon, Pat said:
“I want God to account to me for why such awfulness is allowed. I don’t find much comfort in Job’s message of humility. I want to rush past the cross to the resurrection. I want the Hollywood endings, the fairy tales corrupted to read, ‘And they all lived happily ever after.’
What I have, in this mean time, is you. Can we bear the Christ for each other? Can we share the suffering and agony? Can we accept each other without being perfect? Hell, can we accept each other before we are even average or ok? Can we share the little bits of hope and caring and faith that we can muster up, or give in to, or dimly see? Can we love before we understand? Can we trust despite the evidence of our hurts? Can we trust after we feel manipulated or humiliated; when we have been manipulated or humiliated?”
We know that our hearts grow heavy and numb from the news of violence and injustice all around us. We seek to create space to pray, even when we don’t see any “way out,” any action step, even, perhaps, any hope. We seek to create a place to hold the suffering and agony. But we also seek to promote engagement in addition to prayer in those places where we see possibility for connection.
Each of our activities to date has arisen from the particular interest of one member of the group. We will continue to support each other in bringing such interests to Seekers and to the wider community. As a mission group, we will hold the coordination of the Sunday morning lighting of the Peace and Justice Candle in collaboration with The Green Team.
Our shared practice is to pray into the silence together about a particular area of concern in the Quaker style, led each meeting by one member of the group. We anticipate spiritual reporting.