December 7

By: Dr. Sherry Warren, Minister for Women’s and Gender Justice, UCC National

In every way you have been enriched in Christ, in speech and knowledge of every that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our teacher, Jesus Christ…God is faithful; by God you were called into the partnership of God’s Child, Jesus Christ our Sovereign. (excerpt from 1 Corinthians 1:3-9)


I hear time and time again, “where is God in all this suffering?” Here. Right here with us, in us, moving us to create systems built with justice that serve everyone. We are not lacking in any spiritual gift – we have what we need to create justice, even as we wait for the full revelation of God’s love among us.  God is moving through us, enriching us to speak what must be said when advocating for bodily autonomy and freedom. God is moving through us, as the knowledge of what each of us needs to live lives that are faithful to ourselves in relationship with God.

We are called into partnership with Jesus, just as we are called into partnership with those whose needs are been forced to the margins. Jesus would have us in the camp with those who are inequitably penalized by our systems of punishment and incarceration, struggling with them for abolition. Jesus would have us kneel and wash the dust from the feet of those who have walked by shouting protestors to get the reproductive care they have discerned, journeying with them toward freedom. Jesus would have us sit in grief with those who have lost community and family members to violence at the hands of the system that is supposed to protect and serve them, mourning with them toward healing. Enriched, equipped and yet still waiting, we are called to be partners in the unfolding of God’s love made flesh, dwelling with us, in us, and moving us toward freedom for all bodies.



As we await the revealing of your love, fully embodied and made real in our midst,
Faithful God, keep our lives unfolding in the direction of freedom:
for me, for others, for us, for all.
In partnership with you, Immanuel, God-with-us, we pray.  Amen.


Artwork: “Our Bodies, Our Decisions” by Kristina Brown.
Used with permission CC BY-NC-ND
Find more at Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative


"Every time we insist on accessible and affirming health care, safe and quality education, meaningful and secure employment, loving and healing relationships, and being our full and whole selves, we are doing abolition. Abolition is about breaking down things that oppress and building up things that nourish. Abolition is the practice of transformation in the here and now and the ever after.” ― Eric A. Stanley

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Abolition is bodily autonomy.

  1. Be enriched in your speech and knowledge by learning more about how your congregation can become a part of SACReD: Spiritual Alliance of Communities for Reproductive Dignity
  2. Get involved with the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence using the UCC’s Activism Guide, Media Toolkit and Worship Resources.


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