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BY REV. JES KAST

July 7, 2019


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US team captain Megan Rapinoe during the final match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The US won its fourth title. 
"After a World Cup victory like no other, one chant stands out for the U.S. women: ‘Equal pay!’" The Washington Post reports: "Upon winning their country’s fourth Women’s World Cup title Sunday with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands, the team celebrated as it had competed the entire four-week tournament — wholeheartedly and unapologetically."

"But Sunday’s victory was about far more than sports. Three months before the tournament kicked off in Paris on June 7, the U.S. women’s team sued their employer, the U.S. Soccer Federation, for gender discrimination, citing wages and working conditions that are inferior to those of their less successful male counterparts."

"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14
Watching the U.S. Women’s National Team win the World Cup today made me proud to be an American—the type of American that Megan Rapinoe, Ali Krieger, and the entire women’s team represents. At our best, the United States values hard work, freedom of speech, equal opportunity, and a steadfast confidence that stays focused on the goal for the prize. These are some of the ideals the USWNT exemplified in the World Cup this year.

Women who speak their own mind and exist with confidence, let alone thrive, outrage The Patriarchy. Maybe that is why all of us have become soccer fans in the last few weeks. We have cheered the talent and tenacity of this incredible team because in some ways their win represents a little more breathing room for us all. Who needs to go to the White House when they have the receipts from their own hard work on the field? The world celebrated with them because their win was not just about them, but it was also about us. We press on, and we resist because we will win.

We press on toward the goal, to resist oppressive structures that imprison migrants behind bars.

We press on toward the goal, to organize together and not tear each other down but build a movement of resistors across the nation.

We press on toward the goal, to make our voices heard until all women are paid equally in all vocations.

We press on toward the goal, to spiritually and politically defeat Trumpism.

We press on toward the goal, of the progressive values of liberation for all.

We press on because Megan Rapinoe, Ali Krieger, and the entire U.S. Women’s National Team showed us we too can win. We press on!
  1. If you are in a position of hiring, STOP asking what people made in their former employment. It perpetuates the system of unequal pay. 
  2. Talk openly about your compensation with other people in your vocations. It is a feminist act to be comfortable in talking about compensation. Keeping compensation secretive keeps the pay gap in place.
God, Our Fierce Friend,
Grant me the confidence of Megan Rapinoe. 
Grant me the steady leadership of Jill Ellis. 
Let me be a friend to others like Ali Krieger.
Help me to work toward the goals of liberation, freedom, and joy for all. 
And when I get weary, let me remember my teammates who are in the race of resistance with me. That it’s OK to sit on the bench and cheer from the sidelines so I can rest. Help me to work on the team of resistance in joy and focus.
Amen.
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