The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

"I have come into this world to see this," Hafiz

I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men's hands even at the height
of their arc of anger

because we have realized there is just one flesh to wound 
and it is His--the Christ's, our
Beloved's.

I have come into this world to see this: all creatures hold hands as we pass through this miraculous existence we share on the way to even a greater being of soul,

a being of just ecstatic light, forever entwined and at play
with Him.

I have come into this world to hear this:

every song the earth has sung since it was conceived in 
the Divine's womb and began spinning from 
His wish,

every song by wing and fin and hoof,
every song by hill and field and tree and woman and child,
every song of stream and rock, 

every song of tool and lyre and flute,
every song of gold and emerald
and fire, 

every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity 
to know itself as 
God;

for all other knowledge will leave us again in want and aching--
only imbibing the glorious Sun
will complete us.

I have come into the world to experience this:

men so true to love
they would rather die before speaking
an unkind
word,

men so true their lives are His covenant--
the promise of
hope.

I have come into the world to see this:
the sword drop from men's hands
even at the height of
their arc of
rage

because we have finally realized
there is just one flesh

we can wound.

In 2012, I...

"Grieving Our Lost Children," Walter Brueggemann