We gathered together for Ecumenical Advocacy Days to lift every voice—and to struggle with, deconstruct, and confront race, class and power. More specifically, I asked members of our ecumenical family during Sunday’s worship service how race, class and power affects the lives of women and girls.
“You see, we just can’t talk about race without talking about gender. We just can’t talk about class and economic injustice without talking about gender. And we certainly can’t talk about power without talking about gender equality. Because we know that oppressive structures and systems simply cannot be examined separately—they must be understood as the interconnected realities that they are.”
If you’re reading this message, it’s because you want to lift your voice and join our movement to end the silence around sexual and gender-based violence.
Like the persistent widow, who prayed with all her heart and never, ever gave up, we will not be silenced. We, too, will speak out.
Until every voice has indeed been lifted and heard.
Yours in the struggle,
TAKE ACTION TODAY
In support of the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, We Will Speak Out US advocates for common sense, bipartisan legislation that would close loopholes allowing convicted abusers and stalkers to buy and own guns. Stand with us and over 450 clergy members who have signed on, as we call on Congress to protect all victims and survivors of abuse. The letter will remain open through the month of April. Read more
We Will Speak Out US is committed to connecting faith leaders and individuals to critical training and resource materials they need in order to safely and effectively speak out against SGBV.
In addition to the Sermon Guide, our website (www.wewillspeakout.us) offers helpful links, sermons and downloadable documents created by the We Will Speak Out coalition, our members and others on a number of critical topics.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
May 18 is National Call-In Day on Domestic Violence and Guns. Join the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and We Will Speak Out to lift your voice. We hope you will join us. Read more
SIGN OUR PLEDGE
If people of faith do not speak out, who will? We will speak out. We will be silent no more. Add your voice to the Pledge! Sign now!
The Rev. Amy Gopp is the Vice President of External Relations for IMA World Health. She is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with two decades of experience in faith-based relief and development. Previously, Amy served as the Director of Member Relations and Pastoral Care at Church World Service and as Executive Director of Week of Compassion, the relief, refugee and development fund of the Disciples of Christ. A passionate global activist for girls and women’s rights, education and empowerment, Amy is one of the key leaders of the interfaith We Will Speak Out U.S. coalition and campaign to end sexual and gender-based violence.