Holy smokes. I am just getting around to reading Jimmy Carter’s piece about gender inequality in the church. If you haven’t read it yet, please do so today. Even if it feels like preaching to the choir in some of our circles, he speaks far more eloquently and broadly the truth that so many of us have been hollering about for decades, given his perspective from within the tradition. And also, he was the freakin President of the free world. Somehow, I feel this good word carries a little more weight of authority than it would coming from any old pulpit or blog post.
I encourage you to read and share this today, because a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Matters of gender and sexual identity remain intricately intertwined with matters of race, poverty, abuse and violence, from our doorsteps to the farthest reaches of the world. Here is a straight, white, powerful, man, saying to the world that enough is enough. It is a new day, and a new kind of dream. I am grateful for his voice. Read on. Sing on.
There was a dream, and one day I could see it
like a bird in a cage, I broke in and demanded that somebody free it.
-the Avett Brothers