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International Women’s Day Synchroblog/Synchrosermon

2009 January 26
by Julie Clawson

Each year on March 8 the world takes time to observe International Women’s Day. It is a day dedicated to the celebration of women’s social, economic and political achievements worldwide. In the United States, this official day of observance is rooted in women’s efforts to campaign for rights to work, vote and hold public office, culminating on March 8, 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter work hours, better pay, voting rights, and an end to sweatshop conditions and child labor. In the early 1910s, the concept gained recognition in the international community and grew momentum as women across Europe continued to fight for the right to work and protest against ensuing world conflict.

This year March 8 falls on a Sunday. I know Sundays aren’t typically big blogging days since they are days when we take time to focus on our faith. But for that reason, I think we should make an effort this year to bring our faith to the celebration of IWD. So I’d like to suggest a joint synchroblog/synchrosermon observance of the day for Christians. Too often in the church not only are the voices of women not heard, but the stories of biblical women remain untold. But the Bible is full of inspiring examples of women faithfully following God and making a tremendous difference for the Kingdom. So this year on International Women’s Day I invite men and women alike to take the time to explore the lives of these great women through a -

Synchroblog – on March 8 post something on your blog about biblical women. This could be your experience (or lack thereof) with learning about these women, a reflection on the life of a particular woman, an exploration of the ways women led in scripture, or a midrashic retelling of the life of one of these women. Have fun with it, push yourself to discover new things, and let’s tell these stories together.

Synchrosermon – these stories of women are rarely told from the pulpit, so I encourage those of you preaching or teaching on March 8 to include the stories of biblical women in whatever you do. The church often wont hear about these women or learn from their example, unless pastors and teachers make a deliberate effort to dwell on the mothers of our faith as much as they usually dwell on the fathers.

It’s not difficult. This isn’t like other negative or angry IWD blog endeavours I’ve seen (and participated in) in the past. It is simply a way to positively encourage women and let women’s voices be heard.

So if you are interested in participating, leave a comment here so I can post the list of participants.  Feel free to promote this among your networks as well. And thanks for helping women continue to have a voice.

Update – Click here for the list of participating blogs.

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  1. January 26, 2009

    Julie – I love this. Thanks.

    My first idea is to preach on the unnamed concubine who gets chopped into pieces. Not your usual sermon text.

  2. January 26, 2009

    Not sure what I’ll say this year, but I expect I’ll be able to find something appropriate to say. Count me in.

  3. January 26, 2009

    count me in…

  4. January 26, 2009

    I’d love to do this, and I’ve got just the idea. It’s been in my head for awhile and it’d be perfect.

  5. January 27, 2009

    Julie, I’d love to be a part of this – what a wonderful idea! :) Thanks.

  6. January 27, 2009

    Julie, this is a great idea. I’d love to participate. Thanks!

  7. January 27, 2009

    Thanks all – and everyone on facebook – for participating in this. It’s been fun to start thinking about these stories, and I can’t wait to see where everyone takes them.

  8. January 27, 2009

    no pulpit available but I’ll be blogging.

  9. January 27, 2009

    An excellent idea. I don’t know if I’ll be speaking at church that day, but I’ll most definitely blog.

  10. January 27, 2009

    Great idea – I will participate in the synchroblog

  11. January 28, 2009

    Julie,
    A wonderful idea, I would love to be a part of this

  12. January 31, 2009

    I, too, thought of the concubine. I’ll try it – it’s a beautiful idea.

  13. February 7, 2009

    I’m in. No physical pulpit, but I’ll plan something for my blog, and maybe God will inspire me in meeting for worship.

  14. February 9, 2009

    I’m game–now I just need to decide if I should write it, or my wife should–or maybe both???

    I’m open either way…

  15. February 9, 2009

    oh! and Phyllis Tribble’s “Texts of Terror” is a great guide to some less-than-well-known characters if you haven’t read it–

    http://www.amazon.com/Texts-Terror-Overtures-Biblical-Theology/dp/0800615379

  16. February 23, 2009

    Please include me too. Sounds great.

  17. February 23, 2009

    This is a wonderful idea!!! I’d love to participate.

  18. March 1, 2009

    I’d love to participate too! Thanks!

  19. March 4, 2009

    Been thinking about it for awhile and now you have inspired me to share it in worship.

  20. March 5, 2009

    I have been horrible about attending to my writing blog (if you can even call it that.) I also have been wrestling a lot with my disconnect from the Bible lately. I have an idea of what I WOULD HAVE written about Biblical women even five years ago, but now I’m so disillusioned with the way women have been ignored or portrayed in Christendom I don’t know what I think anymore. Maybe that’s what I’ll write about. Thanks, Julie, for connecting others to this. I love your writing and enjoy following your blog.

  21. March 8, 2009

    Hi there… I blogged about my biblical namesake, HERE!

  22. April 14, 2009

    I hope it worked. I love the idea even though I’ve heard many stories of biblical women. Now that you mentioned it, that most people ignore the women in the bible, it made me think and I realized, I was told about so many great women in the bible. Like Ester or Rut, who followed her mother in law in a foreign country. (To name 2 of the most famous) The women in the bible are not in the foreground, but they’re important in the background.

  23. celine permalink
    March 3, 2012

    women – she is a honour to have around and a pleasure to be with!

    she deserves to live in dignity and free from all kinds of fear. today we see lots of violence against women and its sad at times we get ignored and taken for a ride! she is found in all walks of life from a mother to a professional – she continues to be silent. let’s help her to raise her voice against injustices done to her.

    i am an ESL teacher of indian national. i have seen the frigthening statistics of women in despair and i stand by them.

    -celine

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