Christian leaders including Jen Hatmaker, Shauna Niequist, Beth Moore, Lisa Sharon Harper, Rachel Held Evans, Ashlee Eiland, Ann Voskamp, Jenny Yang and dozens of others have signed a new statement in an effort to break the “silence on violence against women and girls.”
The #SilenceIsNotSpiritual statement says, (in part):[lborder]
We are experiencing a kairos moment—a window of opportunity to bring healing in the world and in the church. The rise of the recent #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements have compelled us to examine our own beliefs and actions concerning the state of women …
We face an urgent and defining moment in history. As Christian women leaders, we recognize those in the churches who stand with and support survivors of violence. We are thankful for their example of holy and just relationships. Following their and others’ faithful witness, we choose to rise and speak up. We will not retreat from the pain in our midst. Women of all faiths, races, cultures and backgrounds are bravely breaking their silence, yet many in communities of faith do not match their bravery with action. Instead, feeling the problem is too pervasive, they have acquiesced, leaving whole churches and communities paralyzed.
The hashtag and statement are efforts to encourage those within the Church “to stop standing by and start standing up for women and girls who experience violence.”
Jesse Carey is a mainstay on the weekly RELEVANT Podcast and member of RELEVANT's executive board. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and two kids.