Audre Lorde said, “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
In the Hebrew and Christian Bible, many women – sometimes nameless and often forgotten – use their strength to challenge systems and claim justice. Whether covert and quiet or bold and public, most seem fearless! We will draw upon the stories of fierce biblical women and the fierce women of our own lives. What made them fierce and how did they ground their power? Through collage, journaling, sharing, and listening, we open space for these women to empower us today. In doing so, may we dare to find our own fierce place in the world. Interfaith conversation and participants all along the gender spectrum are welcome.
Melissa Bennett is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren, attends Cookman Beloved Community Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, and serves on the staff at Pendle Hill. She considers her calling to be grounded in the anti-oppressive message of the Bible and seeks to create safe and sacred space to explore deep questions of life and faith.
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