Friday, December 08, 2006

connected

Proverbs 27:17 says, "You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another." The Message
Lori has lovingly reminded me of that verse this week. Are we willing to bear witness to the good and the places where help is needed in the lives of our friends?

Today's New York Times features an article about college students with mental illness and the importance of a support system.
"It´s not like I´m going up to people saying, 'Hi, I´m Jean, I´m bipolar.´ But I´m surrounded by beautiful supportive people, and I know if I need it, they will call me out."
JEAN LYNCH-THOMASON, 17

1 Corinthians 12:25-26, "The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don't, the parts we see and the parts we don't. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance." The Message

There are healthy ways to involve ourselves in the hurt of others. We need each other.


What does it mean for us that child sexual abuse in Namibia is among the highest in the world(
more than one in five women there reported being sexually abused before age 15)? I believe we are called to educate ourselves about the world around us. My interpretation of 1 Corinthians tells me that the rate of sexual abuse in Namibia affects me too.

Your voice is power. Be loud!


If you want to know more about how to be loud, consider attending part of the 51st annual United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women in New York City March 1 - 3, 2007. This year's priority theme is, "The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child."
Sparkfly is hosting a gathering in conjunction with the CSW. Particpants will attend side events and discussions surrounding the UN gathering. Conveners include Lauran Bethell and Patsy Davis.

4 Comments:

Blogger Mandy Mc said...

I'd love to have more information about the weekend event. Is there a certain link I should click on the CSW homepage? It's giving me the information about the 10-day conference. What's the 3-day deal? Thanks for keeping us informed of these great opportunities to live out our faith.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Mandy Mc said...

I'd love to have more information about the weekend event. Is there a certain link I should click on the CSW homepage? It's giving me the information about the 10-day conference. What's the 3-day deal? Thanks for keeping us informed of these great opportunities to live out our faith.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Mandy Mc said...

I'd love to have more information about the weekend event. Is there a certain link I should click on the CSW homepage? It's giving me the information about the 10-day conference. What's the 3-day deal? Thanks for keeping us informed of these great opportunities to live out our faith.

9:12 PM  
Blogger sparkfly said...

The three day event is sponsored by Sparkfly. We are inviting folks to come to NYC on Thursday afternoon/evening. On Friday we will attend the side events of the CSW - all day. Friday evening we will share a meal and discussion surrounding the day's events. Saturday through noon we will have a symposium surrounding the worldwide status of women with guest speakers which include Lauran Bethell and Patsy Davis. Saturday afternoon and evening is free for New York exploration. Those who would like are invited to attend a church service with us on Sunday morning, but that is optional. Participants are free to leave on Sunday whenever they would like. There is a $30 charge for the weekend plus housing and transportation expenses.

Want to come? Know anybody else who might? I am very excited and think it will be great. I would love it if you could be there.
suzanah

7:08 AM  

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