“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
We of the Order of the Red Grail are deeply troubled and saddened by the neglect and willful abuse asylee seekers are receiving due to the "zero tolerance" policies enacted by the current U.S. administration. The asylee seekers are fleeing horrible conditions in their homelands only to be greeted by violent actions and rhetoric used to denigrate and dehumanize. While laws are necessary for any society to properly function, it is imperative to understand that the needs of the people change over time; so too must the laws.
Crises happen; natural disasters, corrupt governments, political coups, and highly organized criminal organizations have driven these people to seek out a better life for themselves and their children. America has broadcast itself as the place where dreams come true; where hard work, dedication, and a freedom seeking spirit is all one needs to achieve success and comfort.. America competes to be the best at everything; government, military, economy, etc., How can we as citizens express shock and anger at people from other countries who come to our borders, believing in that very dream?
Quite simply, tearing families apart is immoral. The disregard for the health and wellbeing of children is appalling; those who are involved in these reprehensible acts will surely answer for it in this life and the next. These actions echo America's history of slavery and indentured servitude, Indian boarding schools, and the internment camps of World War II; all great stains upon what America would claim to stand for in the eyes of the global community.
We join in the call with others of conscience; we raise our voices in protest and in prayer to Columbia to put an end to these misdeeds; we are embarrassed and ashamed of the tyrannical, bigoted racists that praise and wish to emulate dictators. We search for ways to heal the Wasteland and assist the disenfranchised, in service to the Great Mother, under which we are all children.
It has been a week since the horrific events occurred in Charlottesville. The Order of the Red Grail has been searching for the right words in which to address the aggressive and terroristic actions of the so-called "Alt-RIght." It is not enough to mourn the victims and give the standard offering of "our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families." We fully and unequivocally condemn Nazi and white supremacist ideology.
The Order of the Red Grail is comprised of clergy, members, and attendees of diverse genetic and spiritual backgrounds. We believe there are many paths leading to the Divine. As such, our Full Moon Circles serve as safe, sacred space, regardless of race, color, creed, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, and ability. We recognize and honor the differences in all of humanity, but do not perceive said differences as divisions. We view humanity as people of the stars and of the shared, sacred earth. Hate and violence are unwelcome and will not take root nor bear fruit within our walls.
The Order of the Red Grail is deeply committed to the support and safety of all who would join our community. Our church has non-denominational clergy available if you or someone you know needs to speak with someone.