2013-11-02 17.44.36.jpgThere’s been a lot for our bloggers to reflect on in the past week: the inauguration of Donald Trump, the Women’s March, the barrage of executive orders; accusations of manipulated numbers and alternate facts. Let’s take a quick tour of some thoughts about the week’s events and some ways to keep perspective in a chaotic environment.

Melanie Griffin, blogging at Writing with Spirit, shares some reflections and images from the Women’s March. Some of my favorites were the images of hundreds (maybe thousands), of signs left along the White House fence as messages for President Trump.

Christy Thomas, blogging at The Thoughtful Pastor, sets the events of this week in a much larger context, ranging from a coffee grinder crisis to the rise and fall of societal institutions.

Elaine, whose blog is The Edge, offers a break for some quiet contemplation with her series called #contemplative2017. Each day there is a stunning photograph; sometimes the photo stands on its own, and other times it’s accompanied by a few lines of poetry or prose.

Amy Butler reflects on the importance of the Women’s March for future generations in her blog, Talk with the Preacher.

Sarah SSM makes a connection between the Women’s March and other occasions when she has marched in her blog Sister Sarah’s Excellent Adventure.

In her blog, Random Scraps of Thought, Joylynn Graham makes a commitment to listen to the voices around her, especially those with whom she disagrees. The listening adds depth to her parallel commitment to stand up, speak out, and push back.

There are many other blogs in our ring this week where you can find reflections on the events swirling around us. Spend some time browsing through the writings of your fellow RevGals this week to see the variety of perspectives and strategies represented there.

Barbara Bruneau is a recently retired Lutheran pastor living in southwestern Wisconsin. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.

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