A Prayer for the Teachers, Students, Administrators, and Parents
by Meg Riley
May every mistake be a chance for new learning, met with willingness and curiosity.
May every relationship be a source of care and attention.
May every decision be made by those impacted by it, in mutually beneficial ways.
May respect for worth and dignity guide all interactions.
May special needs be seen as universal, and greeted with joy.
May diversity be understood as life itself.
May learning take place in body, mind, spirit, and emotion.
May life flower.
Yes, it is easy to be cynical about the less than ideal conditions in which most education takes place—conditions which challenge teachers, students, parents and administrators alike.
No matter how imperfect the conditions be, may the holiness of learning shine through.
Meg Riley is senior minister at CLF. She’s been a UU minister for twenty years. As a UU kid in West Virginia, she quickly learned to enjoy being ‘different,’ which has served her well in a ‘different’ life. Riley lives in Minneapolis, where she enjoys walking by lakes, gardening, reading and writing, and in social media, where she enjoys hanging out, keeping up with people, and playing the occasional game of Scrabble. She is the parent of a teenager, and the companion of a number of four legged friends.