The Rev. Cynthia Jane Collins
The Rev. Cynthia Jane Collins has served as USM’s Pagan Associate Chaplain since 2002, sponsored by Earthtides Pagan Network and Silver Cauldron Coven. Although she herself is a Wiccan, she represents and is able to support and guide students in diverse traditions within the larger Pagan community, including Oasis of the Ordo Templi Orientis that meets only a short distance from the Portland Campus, 13 Moons Coven in Kennebunk, Forest Sanctuary in Jay. There are also two active Pagan Pride Day groups Earthtides Pagan Network, Maine Pagan Clergy Association, and a number of other Pagan and Pagan-friendly community groups.
Solidarity, Sympathy, and Silence for Boston
The tree on the Portland campus dedicated on September 11, 2011 reminds us that when those attacks took place, we didn’t know how we’d go on, but we have. Another hateful act has rocked our world; more people have died and suffered grave injury. But the tree has continued to grow, to blossom and leaf, to rest in winter, and to begin again each spring. Life is resilient.
The explosions in Boston on Monday were powerful. The pain on the part of those whose loved ones were killed, and on the part of those injured is powerful. The hatred that motivated the act, and the fear and anger it provoked are powerful.
But our gathering in solidarity and sympathy is more powerful still. Solidarity, because it means we are one people, is more powerful. Sympathy, because it means we are being with, feeling with, those who grieve and ache and must heal, is more powerful. Solidarity and sympathy have more power to carry the day. They have the power to redeem this divided, killing, maiming, aching, and yet somehow resilient world.
In solidarity and in sympathy, we hold in our minds and hearts all those impacted by the horrible events of Monday in Boston.