Though at Middle Church we honor women’s leadership 365 days a year, we are thrilled to be able to celebrate in March the specific contributions of women to American culture.
On Sunday, March 5, I will preach, and actor and Middle Church member Karen Pittman will offer a reading. We will honor Karen, and the leadership of Damaris Reyes, the Executive Director of GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side).
This Sunday, 3/5, join us for A Concert for Women's History Month at 2:30p in the Sanctuary. Music from many genres sung by the women of Middle Church, the Manhattan Girls Chorus, the Aherne Sheehan School of Irish Dance, Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir, Rising Sun, special appearances by Elizabeth Stanley, Sarah Abigail Griffiths, Elisabeth Rodgers, and our own Dionne McClain-Freeney will make you tap your feet, clap your hands, and weep with joy. The concert is free, but a donation will be taken to support the Women’s Prison Association.
I lost my Mom on April 25, just two weeks after her 80th birthday, and five days after she and Dad celebrated 58 years of marriage. Mom was a fighter who gave stage four metastatic lung cancer an amazing fight for seven years. Whenever we told her we love her she replied joyfully, “I love you more!”
On Good Friday, my mom was hospitalized with pneumonia and the doctors confirmed that her cancer had spread throughout her body. She is in hospice now. I flew to Chicago that day and flew back to New York for Easter morning. As I wrote this year’s Easter sermon, my Good Friday and Easter Sunday theologies took on even more poignant meaning. I love Mom SO much. Even in the midst of grief, she resists her cancer and its power to end her life. She is the most resilient person I know. Even in these twilight times, Mom just keeps rising! After you listen to the sermon, let me know how you experience resistance and resilience in the face of your Good Friday moments and how the rising of Easter is real in your life. I’d love to hear from you!!
Today, The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Trump Ryan Take Care Away Death Bill. If passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump, this bill will lead to more death, more hurt, and more pain for millions of people and families across this nation.
The executive orders coming out of the White House are destroying the lives of the vulnerable, inside and outside our borders. We won't be silent; we will resist. We will continue to stand in solidarity with those on the margins; we will demand justice from our leaders.