In a judgmental world, it can be hard to speak up in the face of injustice. It can be hard in a small community, or a family, or a workplace, or among friends. It is less hard if power tilts your way; if you are an influencer, someone people look to for wisdom or to whom others report.
I am struck by the courage of so many women who dare to protect their children against a dangerous partner, who march to call out injustice, who risk derision because they care so deeply for the earth. I am struck as well by the power differentials that sometimes mean progress must be incremental. I remember the forgotten women who work courageously but are overshadowed by male counterparts more culturally favored as agents of change.
It is a dance. Not simple. God, give us courage to find our strength, to manage the odds against us and to claim our worth, affirmed by your mercy and love.
This message is an excerpt of “Speaking and risking” by Catherine Malotky in the July/August 2019 issue of Gather magazine.
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