We, too.

 
Time magazine has named The Silence Breakers as their Person of the Year.
 
jonna recharge prayer flipped-resizedI’ve been wondering in prayer about the ways we, as followers of Jesus, have chosen and acted in ways that encouraged silence from persons who experienced sexual disrespect, violation, and violence. I’m grateful to you for wondering alongside me.
 
I’m grateful to you for wondering alongside me about how your congregation ministers and more faithfully ministers to those in silence, to those who break silence, and to those who have acted in ways that are sexually oppressive.
 
Taken together, this is a large group of people among us. In large measure, this is us.  Many of us have taken a deep breath and typed “me, too” in social media threads gathering the voices of those who have experienced sexual oppression.  Many of us have taken a deep breath and realized that we have acted in ways that are sexually oppressive.  We are experiencing a Spirit-stirring, beckoning us to break silence and tell truth; to come into the Light and walk in the Light.
 
I’m grateful to you for wondering alongside me about how your congregation becomes a sanctuary, a safe and holy shelter where those who have been harmed can break their silences, find their voices, and tell truths that need to be told.
 
I’m grateful to you for wondering alongside me about how your congregation becomes a sanctuary, a safe and holy shelter where those who have harmed others can tell their truths and experience support and accountability on journeys of repentance.
 
I’m grateful to you for wondering alongside me about how your congregation’s ministries of preaching, witness, spiritual care, and faith formation proclaim profound honor for others’ bodies, minds, and spirits – and for our own – as works of sacred art shaped by an infinitely loving Creator.
 
We boldly follow the one who came and who is to come as the Light of the World. We, too, will be silence breakers.
 
—Jonna Jensen, Associate Conference Minister

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