gender issues

Franciscan Prayer for International Women’s Day

A couple of years ago I came across this beautiful prayer written by Deborah Hirt, Intern at Franciscans International. It is no longer posted on their website but I think it is such a wonderful rendition of the Francis prayer that I like to repost it each year. Lord, make me an instrument of peace:(…)

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Practicing Resurrection – Planting Trees Helps Girl Survival In India

Last week I received a link to an article from my friend Steve Goode reminding me: In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of(…)

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Can Solar Cooking Stop Rape in Africa?

This video brought tears to my eyes when I came across it a couple of years ago. Practicing resurrection, redemption, renewal indeed. It is amazing to think that rape and violence against women could be reduced by solar cooking. Solar cooking can bring peace and dignity to women’s lives. What impact I wonder could our own(…)

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Adam Sinned and Women Bore the Consequences.

I wrote this post today for the series Return to Our Senses in Lent in honour of International Women’s Day tomorrow. Part of my scripture reading for the morning was Roman’s 5:12 - When Adam sinned sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone. Adam sinned and the first thing he did(…)

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What Do We Give Thanks For?

Tomorrow is American Thanksgiving, a tradition that I have embraced with great enthusiasm since I have lived in the U.S. I have already posted a Thanksgiving – Harvest prayer for 2012 and decided there is really no need for another. Yesterday when I posted the above prayer on Light for the Journey’s Facebook page, one(…)

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Rejected or Embraced

This morning’s scriptures included one of my favourite gospel stories as recored in Mark 5:21-43.  It is the story of Jesus being asked by Jairus, one of the leaders of the synagogue to come and heal his daughter.  On the way he is touched by a woman who had suffered for many years from constant(…)

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The Causes of Our Times

I am getting ready to speak at the West Coast Healthcare Missions Conference this next week and have been updating some of my statistics and presentations.  As usual this kind of preparation challenges me again to look at the needs of our world and to grapple with how my life can make a difference in(…)

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Jimmy Carter – Losing My Faith For Equality

Jimmy Carter, president of the United States from 1977 to 1981 has just left the Southern Baptist Convention because of their discrimination against women.  I have always admired him for his involvement in peacemaking and concern for the poor.  This stand has increased my estimation of him 10 fold.  My prayers are with him as(…)

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An Empire for Poor Working Women, Guided by a Gandhian Approach

International Women’s Day may be over but I keep coming across stories that I want to share about women whose lives have made a difference particularly to those who live in poverty.  Here is an inspiring story about Ela Bhatt who started India’s first woman’s bank. THIRTY-FIVE years ago in this once thriving textile town,(…)

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More On International Women’s Day

Yesterday was International Women’s day and Julie Clawson organized this wonderful synchroblog about reflections on women.  The entries are well worth a look and a read… particularly during this second week of Lent as we enter the brokenness of hunger  60 – 70% of those who live in poverty are women and girls and it(…)

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