#MeToo Sunday, October 29, 2017

In the wake of the disclosures about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, women across the United States have posted #MeToo almost two million times on Twitter and Facebook.  Almost every one of my women colleagues and friends has posted “MeToo”, speaking up, often for the first time, about how they have been sexually harassed, sexually abused, or the victim of sexual violence. I added my own #MeToo. 

(If you are not familiar with the #MeToo emerging movement, you might want to read this article.)

Sexual violence against women is not new, nor is it increasing.  What is new is this cultural moment of women claiming their voices and their agency from those who have hurt them. 

This Sunday, at our worship service, we will give voice to all who have survived sexual harassment, street harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, domestic violence, and sexual misconduct. 

I’ll offer a sermon about these issues, including addressing the continuing echoes of the professional misconduct that happened here by three of your past religious professionals.  I’ll talk about UUCR’s commitment and polices to be a Sexually Safer Best Practice congregation.  After the sermon, there will be a rite of healing. 

I hope that by breaking silences and sharing words and music, we can comfort each other -- and resolve to listen, to believe, and to act to end sexual abuse, misconduct, and harassment.

Please know that if you are struggling these days with something that has happened in your past, I am here to listen.

I look forward to being with you this Sunday.