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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

10.12. 2018 Posted By: Joanne Gallardo

Here are five things worth paying attention to this week. These are designed to expose you to a perspective you may not normally come across in your daily lives.

1. Senate Judiciary Hearings
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for women. The press and many people in the United States are discussing whether or not they believe Christine Blassey Ford, a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Earlier this week, Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice. For many women, this has triggered their own stories of having not been believed, or of their own sexual assault. This has been further injurious due to the mocking and joking surrounding sexual assault by comedians, news anchors and even the president. I not only call on us to believe women, but to also surround the women in your life with care and support. This is likely a difficult time.

2. The tenacity of women
On the subject of women, I’m currently working on a sermon about the story of the woman with the issue of blood (Matthew 9:20–22, Mark 5:25–34, Luke 8:43–48). As with most sermons I write, I find more in Scripture than I knew was there initially. I’m finding this woman to be someone of great tenacity. She goes out in public, knowing she’s considered “unclean,” and takes the risk of touching someone holy, thus rendering them “unclean.” She takes a huge leap of faith after having all her money spent by doctors who couldn’t help her, choosing instead to touch this Jesus she has heard about. Her bold move is one I think we would all do well to remember.

3. The “other” literary canon
Are you “bored” with all the classics you’re told you should read? Wish you could hear a diversity of voices when reading? Here is a list of “classics” written by Latinx authors. If you’re looking for something new to read, consider picking up one of these books this week.

4. The Hate U Give
I’m currently reading this book after seeing the trailer for its adapted movie version. The protagonist, Starr, witnesses her friend being shot unarmed at the hands of white police officers. This story tells her journey of processing this event in the context of both her mostly white prep school and the diverse neighborhood in which she lives.

5. “Never One Thing”
My women’s choir is singing this song by May Erlewine. It has been adapted by one of our members for a three-part women’s chorus. Take a moment to listen to its simple melody and thought provoking lyrics.

Joanne Gallardo is pastor of faith formation at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana.

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