Coming Back to Life

The grace and complexity of being seen.

Source: Words and music by Sarah Pirtle, © 2009 Discovery Center Music, BMI
Additional lyrics: Maria Lugones from her book Pilgrimages, Peregrinajes, and conversation with Sherry Ensarro, Marisa Brown-Ludwig, Terry Foley, Deirdre Griffin, Heidi Mendez, and Natalie Cain.


1. Sometimes grace is a fire, sometimes a drop of water.
We come to tend the fire, transformation's daughters.


And I will know my voice as I speak it.
And I will make the bridge as I meet it.
Speaking face to face in a place unbroken.
Speaking face to face in a circle that is open.


Resucita conmigo y llámame por mi misma.
Come back to life with me and call me for myself.


2. Drawn like spokes of a wheel to a deeper center,
We're mid-wives of a flame. We must enter.


Resucita conmigo y llámame por mi misma.
Come back to life with me and call me for myself.
Coming back to life!

Production:  Engineered by Scott Sibley at Rainbow Sounds. Sue Kranz plays flute and adds harmony vocals.

About This Song

Spring beauty and ramp leaves returning in spring.

This song is derived from two sources of inspiration. It began with the work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, going back to the 1600‘s. Their focus, called their charism, is upon “our oneness with the dear neighbor.” Back in France they traveled village neighborhoods each morning to check on the wellbeing of each neighbor. I became better acquainted with the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Holyoke, MA, after leading a day-long Interfaith program for Women’s Spirituality Day at Mt. Marie. Later I attended a retreat with agrégées, women who are not part of the canonical church but vow to live the charism. During the retreat, we spoke about what is central in our lives. A book by Maria Lugones was shared at the retreat. I have drawn upon the conversations and from the inspiration of Maria Lugones, whose words became a centerpoint for the song:

Resucita conmigo y llámame por mi misma.
Come back to life with me and call me for myself.

From Maria Lugones in Pilgrimages, Peregrinajes: Theorizing Coalition Against Multiple Oppressions, p. 43

Maria Lugones is “one of the premiere figures in feminist philosophy...... A deeply original essayist, Lugones writes from her own perspective as an inhabitant of a number of different 'worlds.' Born in Argentina but living for a number of years in the United States, she sees herself as neither quite a U.S. citizen, nor quite an Argentine. An activist against the the oppression of Latino/a people by the dominant U.S. culture, she ... explores the possibility of deep coalition with other women of color, based on 'multiple understandings of oppressions and resistances.’” -- Amazon book summary.

Workshop suggestion: Discuss “call me for myself.” -- what is our broadest understanding of our own complex identities through the lens of power, privilege, oppression?

Resources see essays on anti-oppression within the Interhelp website.
The entire August 2017 of Deep Times, a Journal of the Work That Reconnects explores the impact of race and culture on the Work That Reconnects. As stated in the introduction, “…while we are all in this Great Turning together, we are in it differently. This issue speaks to some of the differences in experience.” Guest editors are Patricia St. Onge, Ann Marie Davis and Aravinda Ananda.