Pastor Cathy Daharsh
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
This week I would like to share information with you about the adoption of a resolution at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee to support the World Council of Churches Thursdays in Black Campaign. The action is an important step that calls our churches to participate in the #ThursdaysinBlack campaign by wearing black on Thursdays and actively participate in supporting gender justice.
I would like to encourage to encourage you to wear black on Thursdays and post pictures on Facebook and Instagram in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world who suffer from violence, rape, and injustices. We will work at creating pins for congregation members to wear as well on Thursdays. I would also encourage you to pray, stay informed, take action, and participate in activities supporting gender justice. We are called in Christ to speak and take action on behalf of our brothers and sisters in need.
Here's Why. . .
Here’s an article from the World Council of Churches about Thursdays in Black:
In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence.
We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that women and men, boys and girls, are safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets – in all places in our societies. The campaign is simple but profound. Wear black on Thursdays. Wear a pin to declare you are part of the global movement resisting attitudes and practices that permit rape and violence. Show your respect for women who are resilient in the face of injustice and violence. Encourage others to join you.
Often black has been used with negative racial connotations. In this campaign Black is used as a color of resistance and resilience.
What is the Thursdays in Black Campaign?
Thursdays in Black grew out of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women (1988-1998), in which the stories of rape as a weapon of war, gender injustice, abuse, violence, and many tragedies that grow outward from such violence became all the more visible. But what also became visible was women’s resilience, agency and personal efforts to resist such violations.
The campaign was inspired by:
- The Mothers of the Disappeared in Buenos Aires, Argentina who on Thursdays protested at the Plaza de Mayo, against the disappearance of their children during the violent dictatorship.
- The Women in Black in Israel and Palestine, who up to now protest against war and violence.
- Women in Rwanda and Bosnia who were protesting against the use of rape as a weapon of war during the genocide.
- Black Sash movement in South Africa protesting against apartheid and its use of violence against black people.
Join this movement of people and organizations that can make a difference to individuals, communities, and national and international policy forums. Be inspired by others helping to lead the movement: in South Africa or www.thursdaysinblack.com and in New Zealand – Aotearoa. Read more about WCC's Just Community of Women and Men. Share your Thursdays in Black campaign photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using hashtags #ThursdaysinBlack and #WCC!