December 3 – Day Nine
By Karen Patterson, Treasurer, NECW Board
Gender discrimination and sexual or domestic violence didn't begin in the 21st century. It has been with us down through the ages. We could cite Agatha of Sicily, in the third century, Agnes of Rome from the third and fourth centuries or Joan of Arc from the fifteenth century - all considered saints in the Anglican Communion as well as other communions. Violence affects us all. It knows no boundaries, affects all races, all ethnicities, all ages and religions - all communities. Get the conversation started, dispel the myths, end the silence and shame. Begin to change a culture where currently violence is tolerated.
Lord, we ask for your guidance and teaching as we try to understand the behavior around us in this world. Grant us the ability to see and learn and help wherever we are needed. Amen.