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The Resistance Prays

January 18, 2019
By Reverend Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

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Tomorrow, thousands of women and allies will participate In Women’s marches all across the country, marking the 3rd anniversary of the largest mass protest in US History, but this year’s march is tainted with division and anti-Semitism.

Scripture 
Even youths will faint and be weary,
    and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
    they shall walk and not faint.
-Isaiah 40:30-31
Faith Doesn't Back Out
  • There is no denying the need for continued women’s demonstrations in the era of Trump and Pence. But in the wake of deep divisions (New York City, for instance, is holding 3 separate marches!) and deeply troubling allegations of homophobia and anti-Semitism against 1 of the national leaders, Tamika Mallory, many people, including people of faith, are wondering what to do this year. 
  • If ever our faith grounded our protests, our faith has something to say in this time and place also. If our faith  compelled us to stand with women and against the oppressive and harmful rhetoric of this administration, it still calls us to stand. Tamika Mallory, while a significant face and voice of this movement, has never been the singular pillar of where our quest for equality and justice resides. It resides in a God whose entire Biblical narrative is one of creating, building, and restoring when creation finds itself messing up. 
  • Oh yes, this work is messy, but we are called to press forward with our morality and our God-breathed notions of how to redeem this world. People of faith can’t quietly back out of this movement because God never quietly backs down on us.  God walks with us, continually infusing us with direction, knowledge, and the creative knowhow to walk towards wholeness and away from injustice. 
  • The Women’s Wave isn’t perfect. But by the grace of God, it’s also not over tomorrow. 
Act

Take some time this weekend to claim for yourself exactly why you march, and what role your faith has in your thinking.  

No matter where you are, consider rising for 1 minute at 1:00pm tomorrow with the 1@1 campaign, to stand in solidarity with people all over the world who are not able to join a march. 

Pray

God of movements, God of messiness, God of creating and God of time,

We come to you on the eve of a day that calls us to question if an intersectional women’s movement is possible. We come to you asking forgiveness for the hurt our Jewish, trans, and LGBTQ brothers and sisters feel not just in regard to this moment, but throughout their lives. We come to you with questions about allegiance, alliance, and allyship. Thank you for holding our questions. Guide us by your Holy Spirit.  Give us the time and space we need to listen and the ears to hear. Forgive us for the ways we fall short in ushering in your Kin-dom and move us forward with a spirit of justice and love, singing in our ears that we who believe in freedom will not rest until it comes. Amen. 

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