Justice for Women
The United Church of Christ has been a leader among churches on issues of justice related to women. It’s in our DNA, you might say.
Yes, we were the first Christian denomination to ordain a woman when Antoinette Brown was ordained in 1853. But even before then, women who were members of our congregations lived their faith through advocacy to end the practice of slavery in the United States, to establish homes for poor women, and support educational opportunities for women. Later, they were active in securing women’s right to vote and to work for fair wages.
From the mid-1900’s to the present day, the UCC has continued this legacy through its advocacy for reproductive justice for all women, its call to end violence against women, its critical work on gender inclusive language as an issue of justice for all humankind, and its insistence on connecting the realities of sexism and racism. And more.
This work is local and global, personal and community-wide. It comes from a faith which affirms the full personhood of women as created in the image of God and included in the ministry of Jesus as partners, disciples and bearers of the Good News.
Speak Out for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The UCC is teaming up with WeWillSpeakOut.US, a movement of diverse faith groups from across the country which is joining together with other leaders for action and advocacy to end the silence around sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). Their mission is to work at local, national and global levels to raise awareness, care for victims, encourage law enforcement and change our culture of tolerance and inaction.
Share your story - Planning events to raise awareness in your community or congregation? Please share your stories and photos of local action to speak out on DV in October on Twitter using hashtags #uccwomen and #wewillspeakout.
Worship - UCC Rev. Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih prepared a beautiful litany for Domestic Violence Awareness month that you can use in your congregation called Jesus, Priest and Victim. Download your copy here.
Congregational Resources - Looking for helpful resources to address domestic violence in your faith community? Check out our library of recorded presentations which are designed to help clergy and lay leaders address many aspects of sexual and domestic violence.
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