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No Other People's Children

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A participatory experience affirming the belovedness of all people
Commissioned by Unity Church-Unitarian / Ruth Palmer
Poet/Lyricist: 
Elizabeth Alexander

No Other People's Children is a blessing and a bridge, a song of healing that affirms the worth and dignity of those people we might be tempted to see as "other," despite any past hurt or alienation.

This song's flexible voicing makes it possible to be performed by any kind of singing ensemble, or even by a soloist.

On the final refrain the audience/congregation is invited to sing as well, offering each another the promise of forgiveness and right relationship. (The audience/congregation part is included in each musical score, and may be reprinted or projected when used in conjunction with the choral score.)

(SEA-141-03 and SEA-141-03D include both a Standard Ending and an Alternate Ending. Because of this, and an optional repeat, the duration will vary between 4' and 7'.)

 

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No Other People's Children

Elizabeth Alexander

How did we get to this place
Where we could look at each other’s face
And see anything but beauty and understanding?
I want to know who you are,
And face the suffering that keeps us far apart    
I can never truly see the world through your eyes
Or take away your pain,
But I’m listening, and I’m hoping you can hear me saying:

You are my neighbor. You are beloved.
You are worth seeing for who you are.
You are my neighbor. You are beloved.
You are worth seeing for who you are.
I’m here, I’m listening, I’m here listening with you:

Break bread with me.
Make peace with me.
Speak the truth with me.
Begin again with me.
Relate with me.
Create with me.
Be the change with me
That keeps our children safe and free:
There are no other people’s heartaches.
There are no other people’s injuries.
There are no other people’s children in this world.

You are my neighbor. You are beloved.
You are worth seeing for who you are.
You are my neighbor. You are beloved.
You are worth seeing for who you are.
I’m here, I’m listening, I’m here listening with you:

Hold hands with me.
Forgive with me.
Make mistakes with me,
And take a chance with me.
Be whole with me.    
Be real with me.
Start to heal with me
So we can live courageously.
There are no other people’s heartaches.
There are no other people’s injuries.
There are no other people’s children in this world.

Performers: 

* PREMIERE: Choirs & Congregations of Unity Church-Unitarian / Ruth Palmer (St. Paul, MN)

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