It is Still This Year
It has been years and years since awareness has been raised, taught, and expounded upon about the intersectionality of oppressions.
It was this year when serious concerns were expressed over the absence of including "women" in a separate (and huge) category in the UUA Declaration of Conscience. It was ranksplained, mansplained, youngpslained and all kinds of othersplained away, again. "Why name women as being at dire risk of escalating inequality?" was asked.
It was still this year when spiritual seekers, activists and leaders attempted to bring ongoing immediate attention to the UUA Board's lack of action to correct the bylaws on democratic inclusion of professional religious educators having the right and privilege of voting rights in our association's democracy? (especially in the year of the first elected female presidency). Any update #uuaboard?
It was just yesterday and today and tomorrow that religious leaders have gathered and will gather in collegial habit without serious discernment as to who is paid to deliver key notes, points, and perspective.
It is right now that some, not all, girls and women are stating "me too" on their social media platforms to indicate that they have experienced some manner of sexual harassment or assault.
Why aren't we tallying all the ways women's perspective, voice, and hard-fought (survived) wisdom is still alarmingly absent from our everyday experiences and ultimate rhetoric?
Who are we trying to comfort and who escapes deserved affliction?
Who decides if we are on a journey towards wholeness or a merely a sum of parts?
The veil is thinning; it is time -- once again -- for ego and humility to have an uninterrupted conversation. It is the true fright of #octoberseasoning
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