Posts Tagged ‘Mother’s Day’

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As the great city of Cleveland, Ohio sorts through its emotions, good and bad, joy and confusion following the recovery of Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and her daughter, I find myself mostly hopeful, even in the face of continued horrific abuse of women in our nation (see The Power of 14, Faith ConneXions April 12, 2013). We’ve seen the redemptive powers of God at work in Cleveland this week, a miracle-town if ever there was one. But it’s that and more. This Mother’s Day, my faith-mothers have called out to me about the need for justice and healing for women in Cleveland and throughout the world. Their faith is inspirational and so today, Mother’s Day in Cleveland, I honor them:

1. The Sister’s in Charge of the Old Stone Church: Social activists, counter culture Christians. The Sisters in Charge were active during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Cleveland. When Chinese immigrants were refused access to Cleveland’s booming economy, it was the Sisters in Charge who rented laundry equipment and leased space on their behalf; they gave sanctuary to two Chinese men who were falsely accused of murder until they could get fair trial which ultimately acquitted them. The Sisters in Charge, among other acts of social justice, also helped found the very first school for the Chinese community, using the Bible to teach them English.

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Mother and daughter

How I have longed to be with you.

How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.
– Matthew 23:37

There’s a funny story about a teacher who had no children but Five Theories on Parenting. After raising her own kids, she now says she has five children and absolutely no theories on parenting!

Whether you are mother or a child of a mother, this is a great time to reflect on the blessings of our lives. Below are Beatitudes for Parents written a half century ago by Marion E. Kinneman. I think you’ll agree, they are still beautiful and appropriate today. (more…)