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Articles tagged #metoo

Standing with Today’s Canaanite Women

And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and…
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The Fruit of Repentance is Action

With the inundation of horrifying stories of gender-based sexual abuse, assault, and harassment both in and out of the church in the wake of the #MeToo movement, my personal response was gratitude. Sure, there are times when it has not been easy being a girl or a woman in this world. There are things that…
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House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation Appointed

Forty-seven member panel to draft legislation for General Convention 2018 House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings has appointed a House of Deputies special committee that will draft legislation on sexual harassment and exploitation for this summer’s General Convention. “In January, Presiding Bishop Curry and I called the church to examine its history and end…
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Why Does #MeToo Burn Bright While #BlackLivesMatter Gets Extinguished?

Women are calling out men’s sexual misconduct and abuse of power with great effect. We are seeing a correction to how women are being treated, which is so positive and so necessary. Yet somehow it leaves me feeling hollow. Why can’t we get the same traction when it comes to misconduct and the abuse of…
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The Cloak of Invisibility

Belonging Full communion in the church doesn’t mean what is used to. Even those who belong don’t belong if they don’t have the rights and privileges of others. The list of nonbelonging belongers is long. If you’re included in the list (which means you’re excluded), You know it, even though you’ve been assured that the…
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Throwing Privilege Into Stark Relief: White Women, Racism and #MeToo

When I read any story, I tend to put myself somewhere in the narrative, projecting myself onto certain characters. I find the character I end up “trying on” generally has something in common with me. In the tale of the woman who anoints Jesus just before the passion narrative begins, I project myself onto her….
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Difficult But Necessary Work: A Lay Leader’s #metoo Reflection

Editor’s note:  This is one in a Lenten series of reflections, essays, and meditations on sexual harassment and exploitation in the church. These articles may contain explicit or graphic descriptions of abuse and harassment and language that might upset or trigger some readers. +++ My #metoo Lenten reflection begins before I became Episcopalian. My father…
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A Litany of Penance for Ash Wednesday

Editor’s note:  Today we begin a Lenten series of reflections, essays, and meditations on sexual harassment and exploitation in the church. These articles may contain explicit or graphic descriptions of abuse and harassment and language that might upset or trigger some readers. +++ Most holy and merciful God:  We confess to you and to one…
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Ash Wednesday Litany of Penitence

The Diocese of San Diego’s Task Force for the Compassionate Care of Survivors of Sexual Misconduct in the Church has provided this Ash Wednesday Litany of Penitence which speaks to sexual misconduct in the church. The additional prayers beyond the BCP litany were written by the Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas at St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego, California. Download…
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