Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as she sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground [...] and when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.
— Mark 4.3-8

Day 39

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Wishing all our sisters and brothers who are remembering Good Friday today a day filled with peace, reflection, and meaning.


1 more day of seed-scattering to go!

You've almost made it to the finish line! Only one day more! Tomorrow will be our last day of the march!


Seed of Inspiration

#FilmFriday

After giving you the Always "Like A Girl," Ad Campaign a couple of weeks ago, I hesitated to give you another ad for #FilmFriday -- especially because I'm not being paid for it! ;) But I just had to share this one with you, even if you've already seen it before, because it has really stuck with me. I think about this video a lot because I think the title -- "You are more beautiful than you think" -- doesn't just apply to beauty, and it doesn't just apply to women; we as human beings are not just more beautiful than we say we are, we are so much smarter, braver, stronger, funnier, more creative, and so much more than we say we are!  We live in a culture that discourages pride, arrogance, and immodesty, but those negative traits are much more discouraged in women than in men. As a result, women in particular tend to sell themselves short.

So I encourage you to consider the fact today that you are more beautiful than you think... AND you are also smarter, braver, stronger, funnier, more creative...

WARNING: You will probably not be able to watch this without a good cry, so grab your tissues before you click "play."

If you'd like to watch the longer 6 minute video, click here.


Seed of Action

#PeaceMakers

H.R.5332 — Women, Peace, and Security act of 2016

Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R - CT)

Introduced 06/24/2016

Passed House 11/15/2016

Senate has not voted

Conflict knows no gender just as peace should know no gender, and still, women are underrepresented when it comes to preventing conflicts and building peace. The bipartisan Women, Peace and Security Act ensures, through meaningful congressional oversight, that women have a seat at the table during peace negotiations. Especially at a time when the world is so volatile, I’m grateful to my colleagues for working to advance this tool, which we’re hopeful will produce more sustainable outcomes during future conflict resolution and peace negotiation processes.

— Rep. Kristi Noem

Peace is in our hands. (Image public domain via pixabay.com)

Peace is in our hands. (Image public domain via pixabay.com)

Bill Overview from Countable

This bill would express the sense of Congress that the U.S. should be a global leader in promoting the meaningful participation of women in conflict prevention, management, and resolution, in addition to post-conflict relief and recovery efforts.

The president would be required to submit to Congress and make publicly available a Women, Peace, and Security Strategy before October 1 in 2017, 2022, and 2027 that:

  • Is aligned with other nations’ plans to improve the participation of women in peace and security processes, conflict prevention, peace building, and decision-making institutions in conflict-affected environments;
  • Includes goals and evaluation plans to ensure the strategy’s effectiveness.

State Department personnel responsible for going to conflict zones would receive training in the following areas with an emphasis on ensuring the participation of women in:

  • Conflict prevention, mitigation, and resolution;
  • Protecting civilians from violence, exploitation, and human trafficking;
  • International human rights law.

Dept. of Defense personnel that go to conflict zones would receive training on conflict prevention, mitigation, and resolution initiatives that address the importance of participation by women.  Additionally, they’d be trained in gender considerations and elements of international human rights law aimed at protecting civilians from violence, exploitation, and human trafficking.

The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development would establish guidelines for overseas American personnel to consult with stakeholders about U.S. efforts to:

  • Prevent, mitigate, or resolve violent conflict;
  • Enhance the success of mediation and negotiatio n.

Especially given the recent military actions taken by this administration, we need women at the table when it comes to peace-making and defense. For these reasons, we encourage you to scatter one or more seeds of action today to promote this bipartisan bill:

  • Call, email, or send a video to your senators (your house representatives have already voted) today in support of H.R.5332 — Women, Peace, and Security act of 2016 by using www.countable.us
  • Tweet at your senators by finding their handle and phone number at www.callmycongress.com
  • Drop a postcard or letter in the mail to your senators telling them why they should support this bill. Search for her/his mailing address by name here: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
  • Feeling extra seedy today? Why not do all three? For ALL your senators!!!! Wahooo!
  • Share info about this bill on social media so all your seedy friends can get behind it too.

My love notes will be different for our final week. I'll be sharing a seed of wisdom and a seed of gratitude that I have picked up along our march. I hope you share yours with us by emailing them to seedstoscatter@gmail.com, posting them on our Facebook page, or tweeting them @seeedstoscatter!

  • Seed of Wisdom: I have learned that sexism is bigger than I thought, and it's even bigger than I thought it was for women of minority groups. It's a tempting comfort to look at the arc of history and think that time will eventually shake free the remaining vestiges of all the "-isms" that plague our culture without our effort. The last few months we have awoken to the truth that we were never in remission from the cancer of sexism, racism, and discrimination in this country, and our failure to aggressively and proactively treat these diseases before now have led us to this place. The time is now to roll up our sleeves and treat the patient; we cannot be cured by time alone.

  • Seed of Gratitude: I am so grateful to my husband Rob. My husband came a long way from a small town in Oklahoma all the way to Harvard Business School. He grew up in a church where no one had heard of a female pastor, and then he went and married one. He has always supported me in all my escapades and treated me as a partner. He changes diapers, does the dishes, knits baby blankets and cross-stitches while watching football, builds furniture to my exact specifications, and gives more hugs than anyone I know. He's given up a lot of nights recently to my blogging, but like all my adventures, he hasn't complained once. And in the past couple of years, he's become quite the feminist. I'm so grateful to have a partner in life like him.

  • And above all... scatter with love!

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