Rev. Dr. Price Urges: #ChooseToChallenge

Rev. Dr. Price Urges: #ChooseToChallenge

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In a video released on Monday - International Women's Day - The Rev. Dr. Audrey Price urged everyone to  #ChooseToChallenge.

The Rev. Dr. Price, Executive Minister for Strategic Operations, said the attention on the achievement of women reminds her of the story of the Syrophoenician woman, told in the gospel of Mark 7:24-30.

"This is a story about a woman coming from a marginalized community, talking to Jesus who was of Jewish lineage. This woman who was from the Canaanite lineage, a marginalized community, approached Jesus because she had heard about His preaching and the healing, and she had a daughter who was ill. And she approached Him and asked, 'Savior, will you heal my daughter?' And Jesus looked at this woman from this marginalized community, this Canaanite woman and said, 'No'. She did not accept no from Jesus. She challenged Him and said, 'Even those who are considered outsiders still are worthy of the salvation and the healing touch of the Savior.' It stopped Him right in His tracks. It changed His perspective and He lovingly responded and said, 'Woman, by thy faith your daughter is healed.'"

"I love this story," Rev. Dr. Price said. "It reminds me, and it connects for me for the theme of International Women's Day in 2021. The campaign theme is "Choose to Challenge". Why? Because a challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. A challenged Southern New England Conference is an alert conference. And from challenge comes a transformed world. So let's all #ChooseToChallenge."

The Rev. Dr. Price pointed out that 2021 marks 101 years since the women's suffrage movement succeeded - after a nearly 100-year-fight - to win the right to vote for women in the United States.

"It took activists and reformers and the campaign was not easy," she said.. "They even disagreed sometimes over strategy but they chose to challenge. They did not accept no for an answer. And on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment to the constitution was finally ratified in franchising all American women and declaring for the first time that they, like men, deserve all rights and responsibilities of citizenship. 13 years later in 1933 the first woman was appointed to serve in the Presidential Cabinet. She was appointed as Secretary of Labor by president Franklin D. Roosevelt. 101 years later for the first time, 12 out of 25 cabinet positions will be occupied by women. #ChooseToChallenge."

Rev. Dr. Price encouraged everyone to visit the website womenshistorymonth.gov to view the exhibit Girlhood .

"This exhibit captures over 100 years, showcasing over 200 objects that examine the ways in which American girls have spoken up, challenged expectations, and been on the forefront and the front lines of change," she said. "You see beloved, girlhood, it's complicated. Therefore this exhibit commemorates the anniversary of women's suffrage by exploring the concept of girlhood in the United States. But also how girls change history in five areas, news and politics, education, work, health and wellness, and fashion. This exhibit also has a segment in it entitled, A Girl's Life. And within that segment each story offers a window into a girl's life and how she made history. Because of the pandemic, the Smithsonian museums are closed, and so they put their entire exhibit online for you to see."

"So Southern New England Conference, this month of March and on this International Women's Day,  #ChooseToChallenge," she said. 
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