Prepare the Soil
Only 6 Days Until Our Virtual Women's March Begins!
Seed of Inspiration
Many of you are probably wondering what on earth you've signed yourself up for! Others of you might be wondering, "who's the manic woman behind a keyboard putting this together?" I'd like to give you a little background on who I am and what's ahead before we start our 40-day virtual Women's March this Wednesday, March 1st, scattering seeds of love and action.
First of all, my name is Anna. I'm 33 a year-old native of Austin, Texas. I attended college at Washington University in St. Louis, where first began exploring my passions: world religions, creative writing, music, and feminism. From there I went on to Harvard University where I recieved a Master of Divinity degree. In 2011, I was ordained in the United Church of Christ. Very quicky, I rose within the heirarchy of my progressive denomination, but I found myself jaded and completely burnt out after only 5 years of ministry, in part, due to the sexism I faced in denominational leadership in the deep South. At the same time, I watched as my country fell prey to those same ills in the 2016 election. It was, by far, the darkest time of my life.
On January 21, 2017, marching alongside my church, my friends, and my two young children, something within me came alive again; that thing was hope. As I pushed my kids' double-stroller across the finsh line in my clerical collar and cowgirl boots, I desperately wanted to keep marching forward; I didn't want to turn back to that dark, dispairing place from which I had come. This blog was born out of my desire to keep marching forward with you...
Every day, in much the same format as you see today, you will recieve two "seeds to scatter." One seed will be an inspirational seed to plant within yourself -- a song, a poem, a biography, a video, or a piece of artwork done by a woman and in the Spirit of the Women's March -- something to sustain your energy for the long march ahead.
The second seed will be a seed of action to scatter in the world. This will be a simple action that should only take a few minutes of your time, like calling your representative, signing a petition, completing a random act of kindness, or donating $1-5 to an organization that empowers women. Alone our seeds may seem small, but together with 426 marchers signed up already, our impact will be enormous!
Our march coincides with the season of Lent, which may be helpful for those who might be looking for a discipline to take up during the season, but let me be clear: this is a march for all feminists of all faiths and of no faith. Once a week, we will share an inspirational seed from a different religious or philosophical tradition. For those who practice Sabbath or Shabbat, know that we will take one day a week off for self-care, therefore you will recieve only one pair of seeds for the weekend on Saturday mornings, so you can choose to scatter those seeds on Saturday or Sunday.
Not only is this for feminists of all faiths and of no faith, this march is for all feminists, no matter who you are or where you come from. Each one of us comes to this march bearing varying intersectional identities of gender, race, romatic orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socio-economic status, physical or mental ability, and religion. This intersectionality deserves our mindful attention because all systems of oppression are inter-woven; we can never extract the strand of sexism without unraveling the entire fabric of discrimination.
Thank you so much for marching with us my friend. My heart overflows with gratitude for you. And remember -- no worries if you have to skip a day; we do what we can. Together, side-by-side, day by day, we will scatter seeds of love and action that will change the world.
Seeds of Action
Before we begin our virtual Women's March, there's a few things you can do to prepare the soil:
- Recruit: The more marcher-scatterers we have signed up, the larger impact we can have! If you could get just one person to sign up at seedstoscatter.org, consider your own seeds doubled! That means double your calls to congress, double your donations, double your petition signatures, and more! So please, share this email/post with your friends, family, coworkers, and in your social media groups with a message encouraging friends to march with you.
- Follow Us: Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and soon on Twitter. You'll want to keep us posted with your seed-scattering adventures by using the tag, #seedstoscatter
- Submit Seeds: We're still taking submissions for seeds! Are you a poet, an artist, a musician? Do you have an awesome women's nonprofit you'd like to plug? Go to our page "Be a Contributer" to send us your seeds!
Above all, scatter with love!
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