Monday, July 13, 2009

Homeless Memorial Service

This afternoon Phil Fiscor and I attended a memorial service for the 17 homeless persons who have died in Santa Barbara since January 2009....yes 17. Phil did a magnificent job playing acapella Bach on his violin. His quiet, professional presence and excellent musicianship brought a dignity to the event that voice alone could not do. The group was gathered, a sculpture was dedicated (a metal sculpture of a cactus with each flower bearing the names of one of the deceased), a Psalm was read and then I led a litany of names punctuated with a bell rung between each name. Then Rabbi Arthur Schaeffer closed with a Kaddish prayer in Hebrew and then in English.
No speeches, no denunciations, no politics, just the dignity of giving anonymous ones names, time and space, for they are known by God.


At 7:14 PM , Anonymous Kalon L said...

I am very touched reading this. We share this strange (and wonderful) attribute that we are all created by God. What we share with each other is so much more than what divides us.

Thanks, Don and Phil, for choosing to be part of this recognition of shared humanity.

At 3:10 PM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

It was our honor!


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