Sermons on Gender-Based or Sexual Abuse or Harassment
If you have recently preached or written on gender-based or sexual abuse or harassment and would like to share your thoughts with the people of the diocese, please email Jen Boyle-Tucker in the bishop’s office.
Last week was trying and tiring – did you all experience it that way? The focus on human interactions, human bodies and high emotion was and continues to be exhausting. The one idea I can fully get behind is no one in our current government structure or in our media is behaving as if they truly care about listening – truly listening to the other person speaking. And, looking at it through a Christian lens, no one seems to be attempting to love their neighbor. -M.E. Eccles, St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Des Plaines (click on "19 Pentecost-9/30/18" under "September sermons" to hear the entire sermon)
What if we carry in our own hearts an openness and a deep care for the whole person of everyone we encounter? … Sadly, we know from Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony in Washington the kind of pain someone who has experienced sexual assault carries within them. We know it from her story. We know it from the voices of demonstrations and marches, from stories we have heard and, perhaps ones we have lived, that such experiences are widespread. People carry all kinds of pain. We need to always be aware of that and care for them, however we can. –the Rev. Deacon Sue Nebel, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Wilmette
“the human behavior that we continue to witness, not just over this past week but for a number of years, is weakening, perhaps even destroying, the common good; it’s uncommonly tragic and poisonous. … And the gospel is clear: when Jesus saw such things happening in his own time and place – in government, in society, and especially in religion – he called out those who were responsible, and called on them to repent and change.”—the Rev. Cynthia Hallas, St. Giles Episcopal Church, Northbrook
Have you noticed the emotional and powerful responses to Dr. Ford’s testimony in the supreme court justice hearing? It is because she has become something more than her individual experience. She is pointing to a societal illness that needs healing and attention. People are reactive and emotional because they want to be known, seen, heard, they want justice and a better, more safe world. Whatever your politics…this is an issue to activate Christian compassion. the Rev. Lisa Senuta, St. James the Less Episcopal Church, Northfield (excerpt reprinted with permission)