Last Saturday, 21 Christ Church members walked in the Women’s March in downtown Denver. I marched with my spouse, Rev. Amy and both our kids. Nora loved chanting, “this is what democracy looks like.” In fact, yesterday we were in party city and she grabbed an ‘over the hill’ sign and started walking around the store chanting, “over 50, over 50, over 50.” There were great conversations, amazing engagements, and an energy I can’t capture in words.
I know marching is not an act everyone feels comfortable with or participating in. That’s ok, we all engage our democracy at various levels. I believe marching is important because we step into a long lineage of showing up in that way in this country; in 1773 throwing tea into the river was a protest march, the 1920’s saw marches for women’s right’s to vote, the 1960s saw marches for civil rights, we’ve marched in Pride Parade for over a decade as a community of faith. Marching is using our voices to bring awareness to injustice and hurt.
One of the things I believe has been important about this heroine worship series is valuing the diversity of theological beliefs within one story. For me, the march was an embracing of that diversity. I saw women coming together from the diversity of creation: women who are white, black, latina, asian, and mixed; women who are disabled and wounded vets; women who are straight, lesbian, and trans; women who were Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. I witnessed women representing three generations all marching together. And I saw the Christ Church contingent embrace men, non-believers, non-conformists, and strangers to walk with us.
Now, even though this intersectionality was amazing, there is always room to learn. I believe scripture is the story of humanity’s learning to live with one another despite our differences. One of the groups denied presence was pro-life believers. If someone was against abortion, but supported women’s rights and stands against misogyny, I recognize those might have felt excluded from what march organizers planned. There is no perfect society, no perfect community. But, we can work towards that more perfect union by embracing the beloved diversity among us and within us.
The march shows both the divide in our country, but also the struggle for unity. It shows a sea of pink, a sea of diversity, united together in a stunning visual way. And in a stark contrast to the stories of our silenced biblical heroines: Ruth, Tamar, Bathshebda, and Rahab, there is a collective voice of heroines that won’t be silenced today. Thanks be to God!
See you Sunday,
P.S. Here’s a great story about the hats. Glamour Article.