Thursday, 8 August 2019

Thursdays in Black

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Wouldn't it be amazing to live in a world free from fear and violence? It may seem like a pipe dream to many, but I want to be part of the solution and this is why I strongly support the Thursdays in Black campaign. If you are not familiar with this initiative here is a brief summary of what it advocates:

"We can all be involved in a simple but powerful campaign to address gender violence. Every Thursday, people around the world wear black as a symbol of strength and courage, representing our solidarity with victims and survivors of violence, and calling for a world without rape and violence" (Thursdays in Black website)

I don't know how to change the past, but I certainly want to add my voice to help shape the future. This Women's month let us be mindful of all people (especially women and children) impacted by violence, rape, abuse and discrimination.

For those people who aren't sure if Jesus would support such a campaign perhaps we need to read our Gospels again. If you read the Gospels in light of Jesus' mission to stand with the marginalised you will be surprised at how many stories speak of God's love for those who live on the margins.

Psalm 72:4 - "May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; may he crush the oppressor."

Living in Grace

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