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Sexism and Women’s Rights

CCUCC Statement Concerning

SEXISM and WOMEN’S RIGHTS

November, 2016

 

It has been a long hard fight for equality for women and it is far from over.  As a progressive Christian congregation, we call for recognition of the problems cited below and for action wherever the opportunity arises.  On the world-wide scene, we can publicize and contribute to organizations which combat them, such as Amnesty International.  On a state and national level, we can support legislation that gives adequate protection against domestic violence and mandates fair employment practices.  Personally, we can speak up against treatment of women as objects and attitudes that demean women’s human dignity.  We must not rest until all humans are valued and respected equally everywhere.

 

As we write this:

In the United States of America:

  • A woman is beaten every 9 seconds.
  • Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of female homicide and injury-related deaths during pregnancy.
  • 98% of abused women also experience financial abuse. The number one reason domestic violence survivors stay or return to the abusive relationship is that the abuser controls their money supply.
  • Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness.
  • 10,000,000 children are exposed to domestic violence every year.
  • Women only make 79 cents to every dollar a man earns for the same jobs.
  • American women serving in Iraq or Afghanistan are more likely to be raped by a comrade than killed by an enemy.
  • In 2014, 74 colleges in the US had Title IX sexual violence investigations pending.
  • By 2018, there will be 1.4 million open technology jobs in the US and at the current rate of students graduating with degrees in technology, only 29% of applicants will be women.
  • One in five women on US college campuses have experienced sexual assault.
  • Women currently hold only 4.8% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies.

 

World Wide:

  • Only half or the world’s working-age women are in the labor force, compared to 77 percent of working age men.
  • 62 million girls are denied an education all over the world.
  • 15 million girls under the age of 18 are married worldwide, many with little or no say in the matter.
  • 250,000 maternal deaths and 1.7 million newborn deaths would be averted if the need for both family planning and maternal and newborn health service were met.
  • Female genital mutilation affects more than 125 million girls and women alive today.
  • At least 1000 honor killings occur in India and Pakistan each year.
  • One in three women worldwide have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime.
  • Only 30% of the world’s researchers are women.

Introduction to Meditation Reprise

Wednesdays    12:15 – 12:45 pm

Curious about meditation? Join Kristine and Chip for an introduction to the practice of meditation. We will explore different styles and techniques for developing and fostering a meditation practice. You are welcome to come to a single session, or to come to a series of sessions.  This class is taught as a recurring cycle of 6-7 themes.  The group is just beginning its second time through, but you are welcome to join at any time.  Each week will explore a different aspect of meditative practice and practice meditation together.
Sign up below if you are interested or have questions.

Pride 2014: Extending Our Welcome!

Each year people and organizations around the Palouse come together to show support for LGBTQ brothers and sisters.  We have had a welcoming presence at the Parade and Festival for years in order to make sure everyone knows they don’t have to give up their spiritual lives when they come out!

We’d like to extend our welcome at the Palouse Pride Festival again this year, but we need your help to do this!  When a group of us participate, it is fun and a great way to meet and greet with all kinds of people at the festival, as well as tell them about the church.  Look for the church logo on the 2014 Pride T Shirt!  The walk is easy and at the festival we have a booth, with a canopy for shade and chairs for sittin’.  We need help during the following time periods.

Set up booth at East City Park:  9:00am to 11:00am.

Walk as a group representing CCUCC in the Pride Rally:  a group of us will convene at the starting point behind Safari Pearl, 3rd and Jackson in Moscow. (park on street, not in lot)  We have a few signs and banners but you are welcome to bring your own.

Table shifts:  11:00am to 4:00pm.

Clean up and teardown:  3:30-4:00pm  break down booth, help Chip load up his RAV4 and unload at church back in Pullman.

Sign up by indicating below!  Thanks!

Your witness to God’s extravagant welcome is important!

Extending God’s Welcome!

Each year people and organizations around the Palouse come together to show support for LGBTQ brothers and sisters.  We have had a welcoming presence at the Parade and Festival for years in order to make sure everyone knows they don’t have to give up their spiritual lives when they come out!

We had a great time at Pride again this year.

Community LGTB

Community LGBT is a group for support, discussion, and advocacy for LGBT people and allies.  We band together to affirm that LGBT people are priceless in God’s eyes, and so we work for their equal treatment in our society and world.  Instead of religion being the liberating thing it can be, we feel like it has made life more difficult (ie, a living hell at times) for LGBT people.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  We value questions, accept people where they are, and encourage one another to live honestly, in community with one another. Note:  This group is on hiatus until the spirit moves a few of us to gather again.

The song “Same Love” by Seattle rapper Macklemore and Ryan Lewis says it all! (or a lot of it…)