“And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25, NRSV).
As the one-year anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March approached, I found myself feeling more deeply in the days leading up to this year’s march in Hartford. After all, hadn’t we just done this exactly one year ago? I remember thinking bitterly that I was carrying the same sign from last year, going to the same march, protesting the same unjust patriarchy. (And it just would have been so much easier for my 30-weeks pregnant self to stay home and rest, if I’m being completely honest.)
But it also didn’t feel right to miss the opportunity to gather with sisters, friends, flock, and colleagues from the Connecticut Conference. And so, this reluctant pastor, along with their spouse and daughter, trekked up to Hartford to be in solidarity with Connecticut women and their allies.
And boy/girl, was I sure glad that I went.
The 2018 Women’s March helped me to remember that like the Triune God and our own worshipping communities, we are so much stronger together than we could ever be on our own. Just as women’s rights are amplified when issues like gun violence prevention, economic justice, refugee resettlement, racial justice, and environmental impact are raised up and addressed, just as justice for women’s bodies includes justice for black, Latinx, indigenous, LGBT+, Muslim, Jewish, and differently-abled bodies, we are all in the quest for equality together, and we all stand together at the intersectionality of each of these justice issues, whether we realize it or not.
And stand together, we must. Just as overlapping and dependent systems of oppression led to this particular, jumbled up tangle of social justice issues, we now find ourselves interdependent in our own tasks of realizing justice for each and every person in God’s Kin-dom. In other words, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was wise in stating that “no one is free until we are all free.”
And so this is where we find ourselves during these uncertain times- standing both at the center of many overlapping areas of justice while simultaneously standing on the edge of history as the world watches what some have begun to call “Women’s Spring.” But no person, social group, gender, racial group, church, religious denomination, political party, or even nation can achieve full and complete justice alone. It will take all of us, provoking one another, meeting together, and encouraging each other down the perilous road toward the Day where God’s perfect justice reigns. Let it be so, and soon. Amen.
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