The following was copied from a Unitarian Universalist bulletin. It expresses a concept that is often either denied, forgotten or never realized. In today’s political divide over immigration it seems important to realize that many of those we will never know who helped enhance our lives are and were immigrants who took jobs beneath their ability in order to enjoy life here. Some slaves, and the children of slaves, built buildings and roads and created works of art for which they got no credit. Almost all of us in the U.S. and Canada are these people or their heirs.
We Build on Foundations We Did Not Lay
We build on foundations we did not lay
We warm ourselves by fires we did not light
We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant
We drink from wells we did not dig
We profit from persons we did not know
This is as it should be.
Together we are more than any
one person could be.
Together we can build across the generations.
Together we can renew our hope and faith
in the life that is yet to unfold.
Together we can heed the call to
a ministry of care and justice.
We are ever bound in community.
May it always be so.
Rev. Peter Raible (1930-2004)
UU Minister, Seattle, WA