"They thought they buried us. They didn't know we were seeds."
- Mexican Proverb
In 2016, I left ministry after a painful call that was characterized predominantly by fear and sexism. That terrible chapter in my life was concurrently interwoven with a story I would read each day in the news about my country falling prey to the very same insidious demons in the 2016 presidential election. My sunny bubble of white privilege was popped, and for the first time in my life, I questioned the goodness of humanity, the beauty of the world I brought my children into, and the existence of a loving God.
Marching alongside women across the world in the 2017 Women's March, however, a warm spark of hope within began to glow again within my hardened heart. I looked around me to see a diversity of women from all over the world coming together in peace to march not against something or someone in particular, but to march for equality, for racial justice, for reproductive rights, for creation care, for education, for healthcare, and for peace. But I knew that in order for us to reach the finish line, we couldn't stop marching that day.
So I hope you will continue marching with us by committing to scatter "seeds" of action, justice, and love every day for a period of 40 days. After signing up and confirming your subscription, a blog post with with two seeds will be emailed to you each day between March 1 and April 15, 2017, excepting Sundays. Each seed should require only about 5 minutes of your time.
Like the parable of the seed-sower in the Christian gospel parables (Matthew 13:1-9), many of our small seeds may fall on rocky ground, and many may be choked out by thorns, but we will be so profligate and persistent with our scattering seeds that, over time, a mighty forest of love will rise up behind us, uprooting the voices of fear that have seduced our country.
This virtual march coincides with the Christian season of Lent, but it is designed for people of all faiths and of no faith. In fact, hearing from women of different faiths with be a touchstone of our commitment. Our contributors will all identify as women -- and we hope those particularly of marginalized groups -- but we very much need men to join with us to scatter these seeds as well!
Between now and when the virtual march begins on March 1st, we need two things from you:
Thank you so much for joining us on this march!