Joining Hands to Build a New World

I went to Des Moines for the Women’s March on January 21.

I’ve never been to a demonstration before. I felt nervous and conflicted for weeks prior to the event as I struggled to decide whether to go. Ultimately I attended because that was the uncomfortable action. If we’re going to change the world, we need to learn to be uncomfortable.

But I didn’t go alone.

Peoples Church was represented in Des Moines by many people, including: Bev P, Judy P, Marcia S, Arianne W and daughter Miriam, Maria K and her family, Cate S, Paulette M, my husband David, and others I
don’t know about. Peoples people also demonstrated in Cedar Rapids and cities as far away as Los Angeles.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to attend my first rally with people I know. Together, we supported each other while also nurturing the vision of ourselves as a faith community intent on creating change. Together, we marched with thousands of others who yearn to build a world that promotes justice and inclusion and protects human rights.

The work continues, and depends on us to do our part.

Let’s do it! Let’s participate right here in Cedar Rapids on February 4 with the Gathering of Solidarity at Mt. Zion Church. Let’s join with our neighbors calling for justice and equality in our own city. Let’s lend our hands and hearts as members of a faith community committed to building a better world. Together.