We have high hopes for the festivities associated with this Evening with the Stars: to communicate the message of the Women’s Center, and to encourage people to open their hearts (and wallets) to the endeavor to change the world, particularly in regards to the arrangements we make around gendered humanity, by changing the paradigm from which the ministers of the church act, preach, and counsel.
[Insofar as the church is a “community of promise,” charged with the responsibility to pursue the life that human beings could live together if they availed themselves of God’s overwhelming grace and took the instruction they have received from God seriously, then the church should be a place where the best, most liberating, most fully humane, most egalitarian and respectful, most cognizant and empowering, least oppressive and excluding and marginalizing and exploitative and silencing arrangements around gender should prevail. As a Reformed theologian, recognizing the continuing power and presence of sin this side of the resurrection, this author reminds herself that even this “should” has to be qualified. Even so . . . the church militant still has a long way to go.]
And walking and talking along the way is not free. It costs money to run the Women’s Center, although we do our best to make ends meet with as little as possible.
So on Sunday we take to heart the words of the Biblical Qohelet:
Feasts are made for laughter,
Wine gladdens life,
and money meets every need.