Non-Profit forDignity Hosts Gala To Help Women in Sex Industry Find Hope and Freedom From Sexual Trauma and Addictions

Annie Robert

Kelly Master

Director Kelly Master invites the community and corporate leaders to sponsor a table at She Has A Dream Fundraising Gala to help survivors of sexual trauma.

Women in the sex industry often suffer silently with a myriad of complex issues ranging from domestic violence, PTSD, addictions, eating disorders and depression. As a community, we can change that.”

— Kelly Master, forDignity

CHERRY HILL, NJ, UNITED STATES, February 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — forDignity announces the organization's annual Fundraising Gala, 2018 She Has A Dream, to be held on Saturday, April 14 at the elegant Palace Catering in Gloucester Township, NJ. The evening begins with a premier silent auction and raffle opportunities, a delectable sit-down dinner and drinks, followed by a dynamic keynote speaker, then culminating with exciting entertainment, networking and the opportunity to partner with a unique organization, forDignity.

Kelly Master, Director of forDignity, states that her group is committed to helping survivors of sexual trauma, most of whom work in the adult sex industry. Survivors often suffer silently with a myriad of complex issues ranging from domestic violence, PTSD, addictions, eating disorders and depression. As a community, we can change that.

Tickets – Individual $100, Table of 10 – $1000 (VIP Reserved Seating)
To purchase Tickets or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email info@fordignity1.org or visit forDignity.

Keynote Speaker, Annie Lobert is a survivor of more than a decade of sex trafficking and a former high-class call girl. She now serves on the Las Vegas Human Trafficking Taskforce and is an international speaker, author, and expert. She is the Founder and Director of Hookers for Jesus and Destiny House, which provides transitional support to youth and ladies seeking to leave the commercial sex industry. A three-part mini docu-series, featuring Annie, is available on Netflix.

Entertainment – Spanish Latin Guitarist Victor Tarassov offers a unique and signature acoustic guitar sound which is a blend of instrumental Spanish flamenco guitar in the style of the Gipsy Kings and Latin Cuban guitar rhythms. 

Director's Bio: Kelly Master is Founder and Director of non-profit forDignity, and she is a powerful Motivational Speaker who has a has a beautiful gift of translating life’s trials into opportunities of hope. Her first published book, “SHINE – Uplifting Words for Girls in Stilettos” is inspiring women across the country. She is passionate and committed to advocating for the sexually exploited, and draws upon healing from past addictions, abuse, and shattered dreams to elevate and inspire others.

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America's Wild Horses Inspire Byron Metcalf and Jennifer Grais' Epic Percussion and Voice-Driven Album THEY WERE HERE

album art image of They Were Here

They Were Here by shamanic practitioners Byron Metcalf and Jennifer Grais is an epic, sacred and emotionally evocative masterwork celebrating the grace, tenderness, and intense tribal power of America’s wild horses.

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Shamanic practitioners Byron Metcalf & Jennifer Grais recording THEY WERE HERE, a hypnotic new album capturing the majesty of America’s wild horses.

Picture of wild horses running by documentary filmmaker James Anaquad Kleinert, producer-director of “Disappointment Valley: A Modern Day Western.

Wild horses running in the American West; photo by filmmaker James Anaquad Kleinert, of

New Music from the two Shamanic Practitioners Debuts High on Radio Charts, is called "Phenomenal, Primal" in early reviews, and slated for soundtrack placement.

…a unique shamanic adventure – a freedom ride of soaring potential and along the way they are held gently and safely in the arms of Mother Earth…”

— Frank Saizan Owen

PRESCOTT, AZ, USA, February 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In what has evolved as a divinely timed collaboration of transcendent musical energies, shamanic practitioners and multi-talented artists Byron Metcalf and Jennifer Grais have joined forces to create They Were Here, an epic, sacred and emotionally evocative masterwork celebrating the grace, tenderness, and intense tribal power of America’s wild horses. They Were Here is set for worldwide release February 16, 2018 on Metcalf’s independent label, Dr. Bam’s Music.

They Were Here debuted this week at #10 on the NACC Charts, and at #6 in Journeyscapes' radio's Top 25 in January; Journeyscapes music reviewer Candice Michelle commented, “Within just the first two minutes of hearing the piece, I can tell that the rest of what lies ahead on this album is going to be phenomenal. Byron lends earthy, polyrhythmic percussion that envelops the listening space, while Jennifer’s invocation-like vocalise feels both transcendent and primal in nature – as if seemingly carried by the wind.”

They Were Here evokes the magic and majesty of our wild horses–and the bonds we share with them on various levels. While paying homage to the eternal spirit and mystical healing abilities of these treasured (but quickly disappearing) icons, the two also use what poet and friend Frank Saizan Owen calls their “unbridled sonic journey” to illuminate and discover the deeper forces behind the fascinating connection horses have with humans.

From the opening bars of the title track incorporating the sound of actual hooves on the ground amidst a hypnotic ambient soundscape through the glorious, healing elegy “Song for Solo” (reflecting on Jennifer’s recently departed white horse), They Were Here weaves a deeply-grounded yet blissfully ethereal world infused with polyrhythmic drumming, didgeridoo and orchestral synth-scapes (co-composed and arranged by 45-year Nashville studio veteran Ron Oates).

Driven by a deep sense of respect for “Horse” as healer and rhythm maker, tempered by sociological and political concerns about the ongoing extinction of mustangs from the American West, the seven-track, hour-long recording is, to quote the eloquent words of Saizan, is “a unique shamanic adventure – a freedom ride of soaring potential and along the way they are held gently and safely in the arms of Mother Earth…(with) riveting, heart-rending vocal pieces that seem, all at once, part of the ancient past of our deep ancestors and our present-day challenges on earth.”

To help facilitate the project, Byron and Jennifer conducted a successful Kickstarter campaign which raised over $17,000 (from pledged $12,000 goal). The five-minute video sharing the origin and thematic content of the project intercuts a discussion by the two artists with snippets of music from the album and beautiful, dramatic footage from documentary filmmaker James Anaquad Kleinert’s upcoming film “Disappointment Valley: A Modern Day Western” which documents the plight of wild horses, public lands and the current conflicts that will affect America’s future generations. The film will, in turn, feature selections from the album.

They Were Here marks a creative reunion that Byron had been longing for since he and Jennifer first recorded and performed with Steve Roach in 2004. The award-winning ambient electronic artist and producer invited the two to be guest performers on his album Fever Dreams II. Roach later asked them to perform with him at that year’s International Transpersonal Conference in Palm Springs. Knocked out by the singer’s achingly beautiful vocalizations, Byron – a world-renowned tribal/trance drummer – often used the track “Opening the Space” in his work as a transpersonal healer.

One of their favorite songs on the album is “Song for Solo,” the breathy, ambient and soulfully-poignant elegy to Jennifer’s longtime horse companion that continues to help her “connect to what’s important in my heart. It reminds me that despite loss, there is still magic in the world, and allows me to connect with the good things in the Universe.” The two balance the gentle grace of that piece with the hypnotic tribal intensity and soaring vocalizations of others like “Opening To Freedom” and “Run,” the expansive 14-minute journey at the core of They Were Here. This track begins with the real-life sounds of galloping horses that Byron ultimately fuses with his explosive drumming and Jennifer’s joyful, heaven sent/heaven bound vocalizations. Another track that captures the ambitious intent of the project is “Soul of Mestengo,” which is Spanish for “Mustang.” Jennifer’s vocal channeling of the ancients, combined with Byron’s deeply meditative drumming, lets our imagination run wild on the plains with these majestic creatures.

“Working closely with Byron on They Were Here was like finding a soul brother who I connect with on very deep levels and who understands my spiritual connection to horses,” Jennifer says. Byron adds, “When Jennifer steps in a studio, she owns it. It was an honor to work on this album with her. It defies categorization, it’s fresh and different and I light up every time I listen to it.”

Later this month, Metcalf is scheduled to present as part of "Power of Shamanism: An Online Summit to Partner with the Spirit World to Accelerate Healing and Transformation" a free summit beginning on February 26 and continuing through March 7, 2018. (http://affiliate.soundstrue.com/SHhW)

Learn more about the artists and their music at byronmetcalf.com and jennifergrais.com.

Music Links-
Bandcamp: byronmetcalf.bandcamp.com/album/they-were-here
iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-were-here/1298115811
Amazon: a.co/f2nk2Bi

Contact Info-
Label: Dr. Bam’s Music, bam@byronmetcalf.com
Publicity: Beth Hilton, THE B COMPANY, +1(310) 560-8390, bethhilton@theBcompany.com
Radio Promotion: Sherry Finzer, RS Promotions, (602) 903-0348, sfinzer@rspromotionsus.com

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The Rev. Jay Lawlor writes the President's words on gun violence are not enough

President Trump in the White House. Image Whitehouse.gov for public use.

The Rev. Jay Lawlor issued a statement today urging action on gun control in response to President Trump's remarks on gun violence.

Just offering “thoughts and prayers” are not enough. The President and Congress need to act. On the issue of gun violence in America, words are not enough. They never have been.”

— The Rev. Jay Lawlor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, US, February 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Rev. Jay Lawlor today issued a statement on his website where he said "As the nation witnessed another mass shooting the White House’s official statement Wednesday was sending out “thoughts and prayers” for victims and their families. Yes, thoughts and prayers are appropriate, but they are not enough. They have never been enough. Along with others my heart aches at the senseless loss of life as we collectively grieve more violence and death. I join in offering my prayers, but none of us can settle on just offering prayer. Action is needed to prevent gun violence."

The Rev. Lawlor wrote how the President "offered some nice words about love, community, and neighbors," and agreed no child or teacher should ever be in danger at school. "I agree with those words he spoke," said The Rev. Jay Lawlor, "The problem is they are just words from the President. Like his “thoughts and prayers” they are not followed up with any action to prevent gun violence."

He continued by observing that 90% of Americans support universal background checks before purchasing a gun, and a majority of Americans believe we should ban military assault rifles. The Rev. Lawlor was critical of how the President and Congress "fail to act" despite the sentiments of the American public.

In response the President's remarks on mental illness, the Rev. Jay Lawlor wrote "Rather than taking up debate on sensible gun laws, the President and congressional Republicans stick to their talking point about mental illness." He continued in support of more being done to recognize and treat mental illness when he wrote "Yes, we need to do more about recognizing and treating mental illness. But that is not the answer to gun violence in America. Access to guns are the issue." The Rev. Lawlor continued "We have no higher incidence of mental illness than any other nation, yet we have much higher rates of gun violence and death from gun violence. The difference? Other nations have stricter gun laws."

The Rev. Jay Lawlor then pointed out how President Trump signed a Republican bill last year that makes it easier for people who are mentally ill to purchase guns. The Rev. Lawlor concluded his statement writing "Just talking about doing something about mental illness is not enough. The President and Congress need to act. Just offering “thoughts and prayers” are not enough. The President and Congress need to act. On the issue of gun violence in America, words are not enough. They never have been."

The Rev. Jay Lawlor's full statement is available at https://www.therevjaylawlor.com/presidents-words-gun-violence-not-enough/

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Humanitarian Awards Recognize Firdaus Kharas’ Body Of Work

Humanitarian field work. Firdaus Kharas in Kenya.

I Am Not A Victim

The Migrant

Accolade Group highlights Chocolate Moose Media’s extraordinary work during 2017

The impact of the videos accelerate action, and so more lives are improved or saved.”

— Firdaus Kharas

OTTAWA/GENEVA, CANADA/SWITZERLAND, February 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Chocolate Moose Media (CMM) and founder Firdaus Kharas have been honoured today with three Humanitarian Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Accolade Competition for their body of work during 2017. The awards for the multi-lingual animated videos "Violence Against Children in Malawi, The Migrant, I Am Not A Victim, Asbestos Kills, A Plea To My Father and Show You Care, Wear A Pair" come from the Accolade Global Film Competition, Best Shorts Competition and IndieFEST Film Awards.

The awards are given to filmmakers who are committed to making a difference in the world through film and videos that highlight critical needs of our time. In 2017 CMM focussed on violence against children; rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; diseases like asbestos-caused mesothelioma and migraine headaches; and intolerance towards and acceptance of forced immigrants in multiple countries. Co-producers include Harper Hill Global, United Methodist Communications, Catholic Relief Services, UNICEF, the Association of Migraine Disorders and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Association.

“I am grateful to the organizers who nominated my animations for these awards in the humanitarian category. Recognition such as this serves a major purpose by bringing attention to these animated productions so that they will be more widely used. The impact of the videos accelerate action, and so more lives are improved or saved,” Kharas says.

During the past 25 years his work has focussed on issues that plague huge parts of the world’s population – ranging from social justice to disease prevention to refugee and environmental issues. His use of animation brings a unique perspective to how these issues are revealed and confronted. All his videos are available on Vimeo for free use.

This work by CMM and many others sets the standard for humanitarian communications, says Accolade Global Film Competition Chairman Rick Prickett. “It takes great talent to tackle the world’s most pressing issues with film and do a great job. It takes an even greater heart,” he adds.

The award brings to 103 the number of Kharas’ international awards, putting him firmly within the humanitarian world’s top honour roll.

About Chocolate Moose Media

Chocolate Moose Media (CMM) is the world’s leading producer of animated behaviour-change communications aimed at solving health and social issues around the world. Led by renowned social innovator, director and humanitarian Firdaus Kharas, CMM produces animation, documentaries, videos and television series designed to educate, entertain and change societal and individual behaviour to positively influence viewers’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviour, especially those of children and young adults, in order to better the human condition. More than 3,600 animated videos in 188 language versions are available online in a Vimeo channel.

Mike Levin
Chocolate Moose Media
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A Plea To My Father


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Ethiopian Indigenous Anuak Leader Okello Akway Ochalla is Free!

While we celebrate that Mr. Okello is free, the release of some political prisoners is far from enough.”

— Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director, The Oakland Institute

OAKLAND, CA, USA, February 14, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — On February 14, 2018, Mr. Okello Akway Ochalla, an indigenous Anuak leader, Norwegian citizen, and the former Governor of the Gambella region of Ethiopia, was released after being held as a prisoner on trumped up charges in an Ethiopian jail for nearly four years.

In March 2014, while visiting relatives in South Sudan, Mr. Okello was abducted in complete disregard of extradition treaties and international law, forcibly taken to Ethiopia, and charged under the country’s draconian Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. His crimes included speaking to the international media, such as the BBC and Voice of America, about the 2003 massacre of the Anuak people, and the ongoing plight of the people of Gambella.

In December 2003, over a period of several days, Ethiopian soldiers massacred over 400 Anuaks in Gambella. Mr. Okello, who was the governor of the region at the time and an Anuak himself, fled Ethiopia with his young children, making the perilous journey to South Sudan by foot, and eventually sought asylum in Norway. In the ensuing years, human rights abuses in the region – including the planned eviction of up to 225,000 people from their land to make way for large-scale agriculture investments – continued. Mr. Okello became an outspoken advocate for justice and the rights of his people to their life and land. It was this work that led to his unlawful detention.

Mr. Okello’s case is emblematic of the vicious disregard for rule of law in Ethiopia and the oppressive nature of the Ethiopian regime.

“From day one, Mr. Okello’s case has exposed the brutality of the Ethiopian regime,” said Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute. “They kidnapped a man, forced him to sign a confession, made him endure solitary confinement, and put him through a seemingly endless and fraudulent legal process. In the end, he was sentenced to nine years in prison, all for speaking up for the rights of his people.”

“Over the past four years, the Oakland Institute has fought tirelessly, hand-in-hand with Mr. Okello’s family and lawyers, including defense lawyer Ameha Mekonnen and Lewis Gordon the Environmental Defender Law Center, to secure his release,” continued Mittal. “Today, we cannot undo the immense injustice that Mr. Okello and his family have borne, but we can celebrate his freedom. We remain committed to supporting Mr. Okello’s transition back home, and the plight of the numerous other political prisoners currently held in Ethiopia.”

“I would like to thank the Oakland Institute for its devotion to my father’s case, and commitment to see him free,” said Obok Akway, Mr. Okello’s son. “When the world turned their back on my father, everyone at the Oakland Institute was there to support him and my family.”

Mr. Okello’s release comes in the wake of the Ethiopian government’s recent pledge to free some of the countless political prisoners currently held in the country and close its notorious detention facility, the Maekelawi police station. For years, thousands have been prosecuted and tortured for speaking out about land grabbing and the human rights and governance crises in the country. This includes opposition politicians, indigenous and religious leaders, students, journalists, and more.

“While we celebrate that Mr. Okello is free, the release of some political prisoners is far from enough,” said Mittal. “Thousands continue to languish behind bars; repressive legislation, like the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, remains in effect; and the government’s development policy continues to marginalize and dispossess indigenous groups from their lands and livelihoods. As long as the economic development of the country takes place at the expense of basic human rights, we will continue our work.”

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Women Veterans ROCK! Hearts Military Women and Military Families

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, February 14, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In celebration of Valentine’s Day Women Veterans ROCK! is encouraging women veterans across America to know your numbers. The American Heart Association recommends that men and women know their Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BWI). It’s important to know your numbers because it can save your heart.

As military women and the anchors of military families, it's important to take care of your health. That’s why Women Veterans ROCK! is preparing the Women Veterans 2020 Delegation, comprised of 100 of the region’s leading Military Women and Military Advocacy Organizations, to convene on Capitol Hill on March 15, 2018, for the 2018 Women Veterans Public Policy Day.

What better way to ensure that Women Veterans gain a clear understanding of health policies and other regulatory mandates than to go straight to The Hill.

Women Veterans Delegates will have the opportunity to visit with Congressional Members, Senate Leaders, and Hill Staffers to learn about: Congress; the public policy-making process; and share their experiences, challenges, and victories with The Delegation and Legislative Leaders.

To learn more about Women Veterans ROCK! or Public Policy Day on Capitol Hill, please visit www.womenvetsrock.org.

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Women Veterans ROCK! is a Coalition of Women Veteran Organizations and Women Advocacy Organizations Supporting Women Veterans and Military Families. The non-partisan, nonprofit support Military Women and Military Families with Housing; Employment; Education; Financial Stability; Health & Wellness.

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New Blood Pressure Guidelines


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DOCTOR SUSPENDED FOR COMING FORWARD ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Dr. Ana Safavi was suspended by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine – for reporting sexual harassment

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, February 14, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — An Ontario doctor has been suspended for reporting allegations of sexual harassment.

Dr. Ana Safavi was suspended from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s (NOSM) Internal Medicine residency program on February 2, after she disclosed that she had been sexually harassed by a faculty leader in her training program.

In the extraordinary letter NOSM sent to Dr. Safavi on February 2, the school states: “Your return to work is conditional upon you providing, in writing, a list of safe and unsafe workplaces based on where you might reasonably expect to encounter the alleged harasser.” She has until midnight on February 15 to provide the list to NOSM’s Associate Dean of Postgraduate Education, who also directed Dr. Safavi to engage in “reflection and self-care.”

Dr. Safavi maintains that this list of places, when combined with what she has already revealed, would enable NOSM to identify her harasser. “I want to cooperate, but I’m scared. There is a lot at stake here, and before I name him, I just want to make sure that there is a transparent and fair process for everybody involved." She is rightly requesting that an experienced and truly independent third-party investigator be appointed – as NOSM originally agreed to, before trying to impose their own investigator on the process.

“I came here to learn and to treat patients; practicing medicine is what I love,” said Dr. Safavi, “But when the persistent harassment I have experienced at NOSM escalated to sexual harassment, I knew I had to come forward.”

Dr. Safavi was on a work placement in the Emergency Department at Health Sciences North (HSN) in Sudbury, when she was suspended. The hospital was not consulted in the decision and has no say in her re-instatement. “Ana is beloved by patients, nurses, and physicians alike. She represents the very best of HSN,” says Dr. Chris Bourdon, who was present as a support person to Dr. Safavi when she disclosed the nature of the harassment to NOSM. He is also VP of Medical & Academic Affairs and former Chief of Staff at the hospital. Dr. Safavi credits her "HSN family" for giving her the courage to speak up, and the #MeToo movement for raising her awareness of how institutional cultures can enable harassment by silencing victims. She hopes that NOSM will emulate HSN's proactive approach to culture change.

Dr. Safavi concluded by saying she expects immediate reinstatement, but she continues to have concerns about the fairness of NOSM’s process – and also possible recrimination for raising her voice.

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is a medical school hosted by two universities: Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Laurentian University in Sudbury. The School is registered as a not-for-profit corporation with its academic affairs connected to both host universities.

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Orange County Coroner’s 2017 body mix-up even worse than reported

Lawsuit says new evidence shows larger pattern of negligence
in identifying remains of homeless people in Orange County, Calif.

SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — One afternoon last spring, Frank Kerrigan was told that his homeless, mentally ill son was found dead behind a store in Fountain Valley, Calif. A funeral home received the body, a funeral was held and the family grieved the loss of Frankie Jr., 58.

For 17 days they believed Frankie was dead — until he showed up alive at a friend’s house. The story of his misidentification, and the Kerrigan family’s funeral for a stranger, made international headlines.

But how the Orange County Coroner’s Office could make such an error — a question that’s never been answered — just got more bizarre. That’s because the body found outside the store that morning is not the same one that was mistakenly buried, according to a lawsuit filed by the family Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court.

"After informing Kerrigan of Frankie’s death but before releasing a body to Chapman Funeral Homes, employees or agents at the Coroner’s office realized that the body recovered at the Verizon store looked nothing like Frankie," Attorney V. James DeSimone wrote in the lawsuit. To cover up the error, the lawsuit states, someone at the Coroner’s office “released a body that … looked ‘close enough’ to Frankie… with the belief that no one would care because the deceased were homeless.

“We don’t know how many other families could also be affected by this cavalier arrogance,” DeSimone said. “Is it because their family member happened to be mentally ill and homeless?”

Orange County and Chapman Funeral Homes are named in the lawsuit, filed on behalf of Kerrigan Sr. and Frankie’s sister Carole Meikle, seeking damages for negligence, civil rights violations, negligent and intentional misrepresentation, concealment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

DeSimone, a Los Angeles- based attorney, provides vigorous and ethical representation to achieve justice for those whose civil and constitutional rights are violated.

DeSimone, Kerrigan and Miekle are available for interviews. Contact Brenda McGann, 310-245-3238.

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The Rev. Jay Lawlor celebrates women marching for justice in "Women Marched with Jesus"

Women’s March (for Women Marched with Jesus by the Rev. Jay Lawlor). Image – Creative Commons license.

The Rev. Jay Lawlor comments on the importance of women leading movements and the importance of women in the Jesus movement.

Women marched with Jesus and helped lead the Jesus movement. Women march. Women lead. Women change the world. Amen and thanks be to God.”

— The Rev. Jay Lawlor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, US, February 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Rev. Jay Lawlor comments in a blog post about women marching in resistance to oppression. "A wonderful movement of women who are speaking up, speaking out, and taking action for justice," writes the Rev. Lawlor. He continues by stating "The women marching now remind me of women who marched and were part of a movement over 2,000 years ago. Women marched with Jesus."

The Rev. Jay Lawlor states how women were an integral part of the Jesus movement in its earliest days, and that often these facts have been lost, even suppressed, over the course of Christian history. "And women were not just casual participants in the Jesus movement. […] Women were disciples of Jesus in every way." The Rev. Lawlor writes of the dynamic roles women played as disciples of Jesus and in establishing the Early Church.

While women had been later marginalized, the Rev. Jay Lawlor celebrates the fact women are able to exercise ordained leadership in the Episcopal Church, as well as some other Christian denominations. "Women are serving as bishops, priests, and deacons across the Episcopal Church," writes the Rev. Lawlor. He concludes by stating "Women marched with Jesus and helped lead the Jesus movement. Women march. Women lead. Women change the world. Amen and thanks be to God."

The article Women Marched with Jesus can be read at https://www.therevjaylawlor.com/women-marched-jesus/

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The Rev. Jay Lawlor on Faith in the Public Square

Faith in the Public Square with the Rev. Jay Lawlor

The Rev. Jay Lawlor reflects on the role of faith in the public square in addressing issues of social justice.

Most of Jesus’ ministry was done in the public square. Our calling as Christians is to engage the public issues of our day in working for justice and peace.”

— The Rev. Jay Lawlor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, US, February 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Rev. Jay Lawlor writes "Karl Barth made famous the advice to preach with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other." The Rev. Lawlor was responding to being asked about the role of clergy and other people of faith speaking out on social issues. He continued by stating "Most of Jesus’ ministry was done in the public square. Our calling as Christians is to engage the public issues of our day in working for justice and peace. In so doing we are to love God, love our neighbor, and respect the dignity of every human being."

When asked about social justice advocacy in such a politically polarized environment, the Rev. Lawlor has no problem being labeled a progressive Christian. The reason, he replies, is "I believe I am just being Christian. I am someone who follows the teachings and example of Jesus. Social justice is at the heart of those teachings and example. It was progressive in Jesus' day and ours."

The Rev. Jay Lawlor blogs regularly and organizes his articles which address social issues on a Faith in the Public Square page. That page can be found at https://www.therevjaylawlor.com/faith-public-square/

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