Welcome to the fourth full week of Lent on our JPIC Lenten Journey. Today we share the materials for the week of reflections on “Gender Equity: Working Towards Equality for All.” Gender equity and equality are foundational elements for all the emerging themes from the Society of the Sacred Heart’s International JPIC meeting in November 2018 in the Philippines as well the ongoing themes in the Society’s Chapter documents and for the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.
The documents include the reflection, the prayer for the beginning and end of each day and a list of additional resources. The reflections are organized by days but also designed for self-paced reflection on your own schedule.
As you begin, recall the famous quote attributed to Sojourner Truth at a Women’s Convention in Ohio from her “Ain’t I a Woman” speech: “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again? And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.”
167 years later, despite significant progress, we are still trying to get it right – this time knowing it will be women and men working together that will make it happen.