Septembr 6

Reflection

I am a woman
I am alive
I am struggling
I am hoping
I am created in the image of God
just like all other people in the world;
I am a person with worth and dignity.
I am a thinking person, a feeling person, a doing person.
I am the small I am that stands before the great I AM.
I am a worker who is constantly challenged, faced with the needs of the church and society and the global community.
I am angered by the structures and powers that create all forms of oppression, exploitation and degradation.
I am a witness to the moans, tears, banners and clenched fists of my people.
I can hear their liberating songs, their hopeful prayers and decisive march toward justice and freedom.
I believe that all of us, “women and men young and old, Christian and non-Christian are called upon to do responsible action;
to be concerned
to be involved
NOW!
I am hoping I am struggling
I am alive
I am a woman.
Elizabeth Tapia

Prayer

May we honor and support the dignity of all women and men.

Action

Reflect on the oppression of women throughout history. Inform yourself of where this is still happening in its extreme. Think of our own country where the rights of women are fodder for political posturing and control. Do you find this unacceptable? Question why you still support those who continue to promote this thinking. Whether you are a man or a woman, question your own attitudes and their origins.

Suggested Reading

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatian 3:28

The level of any civilization is always its level of its womanhood
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.”
Clare Boothe Luce

The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.
Roseanne Barr

You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.
Jane Galvin Lewis
History is herstory too.
Author Unknown

 

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union…. Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.
Susan B. Anthony

I do not wish them to have power over men, but over themselves.
Mary Wollstonecraft

Feminism directly confronts the idea that one person or set of people [has] the right to impose definitions of reality on others.
Liz Stanley and Sue Wise

Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We’re not inherently anything but human.
Robin Morgan

 

 

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