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People see God every day; they just don’t recognize Him. – Pearl Bailey

There is always something to be thankful for. Count your blessings often to remind yourself.

You’ve been granted another day!

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Iemanja, Yemoja, Yemaya

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. -Frederick Douglass

Thou shall not be a perpetrator; thou shall not be a victim; and thou shall never, but never, be a bystander. – Yehuda Bauer

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. – Mahatma Gandhi

Oshun, Oxum, Ochun

It’s beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart. – Anon

Use a sweet tongue, courtesy, and gentleness, and thou mayest manage to guide an elephant by a hair. – Sa’di

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. – Dr Sonya Friedman


Yansa, Oya, Iansan

There are times when silence has the loudest voice. – Leroy Brownlow

He is most free from danger, who, even when safe, is on his guard. – Publilius Syrus

Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing. – Wayne Dyer

(Yemoja, Yemaya)

The orisha of motherhood, patron deity of women, and protectress of children. Her name means “mother whose children are like fish” indicative of her many, many children.

She is represented by the ocean, the number 7, and the colors blue and white. She favors flowers, perfume, jewelry, lipsticks, and mirrors. Offerings made to her are placed in little boats and cast into the sea.

Show reverence to her by offering comfort, inspiration, and care to others.

James 2:17  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Faith by itself is not enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is useless.

James 2:26  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Just as the body is dead without breath, faith is dead without good works.

Do Your Part

Prayer without action is no prayer at all. You have to work as if everything depended on you, and leave the rest to God.

Mother Teresa

(Oya, Iansan)

The orisha of change and transition. She embodies the warrior spirit of the female and is known for intelligence, independence, power, and passion.

She is represented by strong winds, lightning, the colors red, purple, brown, and burnt orange, copper, the number 9, and the water buffalo.

Show reverence to her by being your own woman and taking a stand for truth and justice.

Religious Syncretism is the fusion of diverse religious beliefs and practices.

Syncretism generally occurs when a foreign belief system is introduced, peacefully or by force, to an established belief system. People tend to understand the new faith in terms of what they already know and a diverse, new religion begins to take shape.

Candomble, Unitarian Universalism, and Chrislam are but a few examples.

Ancestor Veneration

An ancestor, literally defined, is anyone from whom you are descended – a parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, etc. Spiritually, only those relatives who have lived long lives with good character, were respectful, and brought good into the world become ancestors. In any case, ancestors are embedded in your DNA and can be neither forgotten nor denied. By honoring your ancestors, you honor yourself.

Veneration is a practice based on the belief that ancestors remain active members of society and interested the affairs of their living relatives. The concept has existed in almost every known culture and is found in societies with every degree of social, political, and technological complexity.

The goal of practicing veneration is to ensure the ancestors’ continued well-being, to ask for special favors or help, to cultivate kinship values, or simply to maintain relationships with those who have passed on.

By giving offerings, you give energy to your reverence, thanks, or requests and you demonstrate reciprocity for what has already been provided on your behalf.

A Meditation by Rev. Canon Renee Miller

A seeker once went to the holy woman in the desert because life had become too chaotic and he yearned to have balance and order restored within him. The desert woman said to him, “Your life is chaotic because you have become dependent on change, on excitement, on variety. You want always to experience something new instead of finding what is new through the repetition of what seems old. If you would have balance and order within, do one small thing at the same time each day with gratitude in your heart and slowly the tattered fragments of your life will be bound together into a textured tapestry of beauty. It does not take great doses of hardship – only one small thing done every day at the same time with gratitude in your heart. One small thing every day, at the same time, with gratitude in your heart. One small thing, every day, same time, with gratitude. And that will be enough.” Ask yourself the question: How does the activity of my life keep me from practicing gratitude?


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