Sermons by Reverend Stephen Garnaas-Holmes (Page 19)

Home safe?

Domestic violence affects a quarter of all the women you’ll meet. We often ask “Why does she stay?” But instead we should ask “Why does he hit?” Even better: “Why do WE stay?” Why do we tolerate violence? Christ calls us to create safety for those who live in fear, and to confront a culture of violence and the objectification of women.

Who’s not included?

As (mostly) white middle class Americans we benefit from a hidden, powerful system of power, privilege and exclusion, protecting us from the lives and vulnerabilities of the poor, people of color, and so on. As followers of Jesus it’s our work to confront the injustice of racism, sexism and all forms of exclusion, to establish relationships across those barriers, and to dismantle those unjust systems.