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Around Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, the green walk signal is the figure of Kate Sheppard, one of New Zealand’s leading suffragists who assembled a petition signed by more than one quarter of all women in New Zealand.  This petition helped secure the right of women to vote in New Zealand in 1893.

Dear God,

Make us in your likeness:
that we might disrupt what is taken for granted,
and be challengers of the status quo
that privileges the normative
white, straight, able-bodied.

Nourish us with the stories of our forebears:
that their actions might fuel prophetic imaginations
in our own time.

Equip and empower us
to work for a common good
that is expansive and diverse.

Make us your people, O God:
people of imagination,
people of justice,
people of vision,
people of action.

In your holy, disruptive name we pray.
Amen.


Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  She works as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice, and is a PhD student at the University of Auckland in the counselling department.


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