Lent 5

Justice for Women

Prayer

We pray for the safety of unborn and infant girls.

We pray for educational opportunities for girls.

We pray for girls and women affected by female genital mutilation.

We pray for efforts to prevent child marriage.

We pray for economic opportunities for women and girls living in poverty.

We pray for access to clean, safe drinking water.

We pray for girls trapped in sexual exploitation and forced labor.

Spirit come, God re-create, Jesus convict us and our world.

Prayer points from World Vision. https:// http://www.worldvision.org/gender- equality-news-stories/ matthew-25-pray-for-women- and-girls

Lenten Journey

In case you’re thinking about the future, let me say that I’m with you. When I look to the future, I’m excited by the present, the young women leaders who are stepping up, to ministry, to membership of councils and committees, to leadership in their faith communities and workplaces, to study and training.

General Secretary – Uniting Church in Australia Assembly Colleen Geyer

Coming into our second last week of Lenten Studies, we reflect on Women’s Justice. We reflect on the opportunities and frustrations, the safety and danger of women and girls in our communities and communities around the world. In a country and a church where we are still not resolute, still not ‘there’, we consider ways to make the paths more straight, to follow the example of Christ in waiting and listening and acting on what Women say or do throughout our gospels. And we remember the women of the Old and New Testaments, though their voices are often drowned out by the volume of Male voices, we can spend intentional time in listening and watching the example of Miriam, Ruth, Esther, Hannah, Mary, and Martha, and so many other women of our tradition.

This week we open the reading from Luke 22:14-23 – 23:56

 

Actions/Readings

How can I prepare for Lent?

Luke 22:14-23 – 23:56

  • Read the readings
  • What knowledge / experiences do you bring to this topic?
  • PrayWhat is a practice that you could do for the next week that might help you hear a woman’s voice in light of theological or justice exploration?

    Is there a particular resource that you could share, or explore in your own networks?

    Is there more that you would like to explore here?

 

Reflection

At the last supper, Jesus models self-giving love. Here at the table he is, quite literally, among his disciples as one who serves. The story shifts scenes and confronts us with the trial and execution. Luke ends his account by returning to the faithful women. They have been with Jesus from the beginning, following him from Galilee. They have witnessed and supported his ministry. They have witnessed his death. They have witnessed his burial. Now they prepare spices; they rest, and wait.

Judith Jones – Professor of R eligion – Wartburg College and S t. Andrews Episcopal Church Waverly, IA

https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx? commentary_id=4012

How do we listen to the witness of women in and of our communities. Throughout liturgies and prayers written for the church, and for our church, we have a vast amount of lost experience, when praying for the sick or dying, when praying for the baby poorly or new, when praying after a hard birth or before, when praying for the everyday and the special day, there is a whole heap missing on the in-between. When in exile, Miriam picks up her Tamborine and leads the people in a song of worship, praise and expectation. It has been rare for these expressions to flow through to our everyday like that of many men’s responses to witness and faith. Perhaps we should remember to look for an alternate voice, look for what different people say of different events and about life. Importantly though, we shouldn’t seek one example to prove our point, but look broadly for a range of voices. We never expect one man to name something on behalf of all men everywhere, in the same way we might not expect one woman to express the needs and experience of every women.

Rev Dr. Amelia Koh Butler says it is difficult to discuss women and men without falling into unhelpful cultural stereotyping. when thinking about gender, we need to critique our own worldview and cultural assumptions. One way of doing this is to consider perspectives from other cultures, examining alternate values and then reconsidering our own situation, enlightened by other ways of looking at things.

 

For Further Reading; there are plenty of resources to reflect on. One specific to leadership in the Uniting Church is: https:// http://www.insights.uca.org.au/features/ ministry-in-the-uniting-church- one-womens-response

And for further listening;

https:// http://www.nomadpodcast.co.uk/ nomad-64-nadia-bolz-weber-on- how-not-to-be-a-boring-christian/