Reflections on the Women's March
On January 21, 2017, people all over the country joined together in Women's Marches. We asked religious leaders what inspired them to march and how their faith motivated them. To continue the conversation, join us on Twitter at #ONscripture.
My evangelical faith compels me to revere and believe the scripture. Scripture declares that both men and women are made in the image of God and therefore equally called and created with the capacity to help steward the world. I will march in the Women's March to proclaim that regardless of who leads our government, God is calling women to stay standing, continue marching forward, continue raising our voices and taking up space in this world. The repair and healing of our broken world depends on it.
Lisa Sharon Harper, Author of The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong can be Made Right and Sojourners Chief Church Engagement Officer
As the Executive Director of Faith in New York, a multi-faith, multi-race federation of congregations in New York City dedicated to justice, it was important to me that as women of faith and allies that we come to DC and march. During these times people of faith can't be silent or bless sexism and nativism even if it comes from our elected officials. As a African-American woman of faith it is my call to not only pray for justice but to stand and march for justice, this is why I am coming to the March.
Onleilove Alston, Executive Director Faith in New York and Founder of a Woman's Theology of Liberation for the PICO Network.
As a Christian theologian, I believe in the power of the human body to reveal the divine. I believe that women were the first witnesses to the resurrection. Their message brought hope in the midst of despair. In solidarity with those women disciples, and all the women of history, of every background, race, age, ability, and religion, I, too, am marching. I will use my body and my voice to advocate for a more just, peaceful, equitable, and inclusive world. Let us all find ways to use our bodies and voices to bring hope to the world.
Emily A. Holmes, Author of Flesh Made Word: Medieval Women Mystics, Writing, and the Incarnation and Associate Professor of Religion, Christian Brothers University
I am participating in the resistance to support difference, grounded in the many voices of difference and disagreement found in Scripture. I am participating not for unity, but to support concerns and anger I do not share. I am participating despite my disagreement of some whitenesses and some feminisms, despite my fears of being genderqueer and erased in a women's event, despite that, in many ways, people who don't “stand” or “march” have already been erased. I will be counted among the resistance so that my criticism of my comrades in protest will not cancel my loyalty to our shared goals, and in hope that our shared goals will prevail.
Rev. Miller Hoffman, Pastor of Open Door Metropolitan Community Church in Boyds, Maryland and Huffington Post contributor
I've just this morning finished serving on a panel at Columbia University. It was titled Redefining Feminism and I think redefining is at the center of why I march as a person of faith this weekend. The world is broken for women and girls and because it's broken for us, it's broken for everyone...whether they recognize it or not. I march for broken women and girls; broken countries and our broken planet. I march because I recognize that the healing of wealthy people is tied to poor people; that the healing of people of color is tied to the healing of white folks; the healing of the world is tied to the healing of the world's creatures. I march because I have the privilege of doing so and of saying with my body that every human is entitled to justice and civil rights
Rev. Adriene Thorne, First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn
Why am I marching? Lofty words like ‘dignity’ and ‘respect’ come readily to mind, but I’m embarrassed that ‘indignation’ and ‘impatience’ can follow quickly on their heels, embarrassed because I have to admit that expecting equal opportunity and fair treatment is, in itself, a measure of how privileged I am among women across this blue world. My faith teaches me that while gratitude may begin as a feeling, it doesn’t end there. True gratitude acts as a spiritual stimulant, alerting me when I might otherwise doze off in complacency or take goodness for granted. After describing the joys, security and deep encouragement of a life of faith, Jesus urges us to take responsibility and join him in caring for others. Every one to whom much is given, of [them] will much be required (from Luke 12:48). Perhaps "much" is the best word to describe why I’m packing my things and heading toward Washington.
Rev. Shirley Heeg, Benona Township, Michigan
Marchers, like Christians/like Muslims/like Democrats/Like Republicans/etc…, are not monolithic. We do ourselves a disservice if we think this is true. We each have a story on “the why” of “what” we are doing.
#WhyIMarch Because as a Christian Minister I believe in the words that Mother Mary sang when she found out she would be the Mother of Jesus and that political song continues to call me today. She sang “God has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. God has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.” I march for the poor that West End Collegiate Church serves to ensure services that support our community needs. I march for women, the dignity of women, the respect of women and I find it embarrassing that our current president would talk about women the way he does. The Love of money cannot run this country, but it is the delicate balance of walking humbly, doing justice, and loving mercy that must guide our country. I march with my community of faith that I lead because we are prayerfully learning that balance together. I march as a Christian minister to say that I believe King Jesus is were my allegiance is and always will be and that Jesus blessed bodies that were considered outcast during his time. I march because my march is a prayer to rend the heavens and pray for God's protection on the immigrant, the poor, the elderly, the lonely, the LGBTQ kindred, women, and children.
Rev. Jes Kast, West End Collegiate Church
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