“We Will Speak Out!”

Today, at Church — perhaps, as a result of my asking them to, at the very least to include the information about the Speak-Out-Sunday in the bulletin or News for Pews last week… at my home Church (Hope Presbyterian), they posted the following in the News for Pews (see photo attached) which states:

“TODAY is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  For more information on this issue go to http://www.wewillspeakout.org.”
I am grateful that they included this, even in preparation of advent.  Anything is always a start. 🙂
I was also struck by the Confession of ’67 that they chose as a part of today’s program (it is as pertinent today as it was then):
As we mature in love and faithfulness in our life with Christ,
we live in freedom and good cheer, bearing witness
on good days and evil days, confident that our new life
in Christ is pleasing to God and helpful to others.
The new life finds its direction in the life of Jesus,
His deeds and words, His struggles against temptation,
His compassion, His anger, and His willingness
to suffer death.
The members of the church are emissaries of peace.
We seek the good of all people in cooperation with powers
and authorities in politics, culture, and economics.  But we
have to fight against pretensions and injustices when these
same powers endanger human welfare.  Our strength is in the 
confidence that God’s purpose rather than human schemes
will finally prevail.
With an urgency born of this hope, 
the church applies itself to present tasks and strives for a 
better world, looking beyond all partial achievement to the
final triumph of God.
This phrase,  “The members of the church are emissaries of peace.  We seek the good of all people in cooperation with powers and authorities in politics, culture, and economics.  But we have to fight against pretensions and injustices when these same powers endanger human welfare.” probably should become the Anthem for the upcoming 57th Session of the United Nations’ Commission on Status of Women, especially with respect to the discussions on violence against women and children issues!

 

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