In 2010 I participated in a planning group with the (former) women’s ministries at the National Council of Churches, USA, that we called WordsMatter. It culminated in a weekend workshop with as wide and diverse a group of participants that we could gather: men, women, LGBTQ and hetero, white, people of color, and across the denominations of Christianity. We spent the weekend talking about the words that we use to talk about God, self, and others. Words that hurt. Words that might expand our understanding. Words of hope. Words.
Words are important. Our awareness of the words we use and their impact on others is crucial. Especially in these times as we approach the election in the USA, words are in the spotlight. For more on this regarding sermon prep for this Sunday, check out the Tuesday RCL and Narrative Lectionary posts and comments.
What words are you pondering for this weekend. What words do you hope will feed your people with hope or inspire them to action or move them to justice?
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The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest, Rector of Christ Church and living in Dearborn, Michigan. She blogs at http://seekingauthenticvoice.blogspot.com
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