In the Spirit of Two Notorious Giants who Left us in 2020, Join us for some “Good Trouble” this Fall

What a notorious year 2020 has been, one we will all remember for how it has turned our lives upside down. The word “notorious” is actually a perfect word for this year as it is one of those vague words, like “interesting”, which can evoke both positive and negative sentiments.  As Merriam-Webster dictionary describes, “Although ...

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Echoes of Patriarchy in our Climate Crisis

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020

As some of the worst climate wildfires we’ve ever seen rage through California, Oregon, and Washington right now, we’re feeling called to pause and reflect as people of faith.  As we’ve continued trekking along and inviting others to join us on this journey, we’ve heard reverberations of the same theme: I care about the Girl ...

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My #GirlChildLongWalk Story: Dr. Jackie Ogega

Posted by on Aug 9, 2020

When I was a little girl, I watched my mama tear her wedding pictures into pieces. The pictures had been beautifully displayed on the wall in our house, depicting my mama and father looking crazy in love and happy. I couldn’t understand why my mother would tear up these pictures, the only evidence of beauty ...

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Walking with the Girl Child through the Shadows of COVID-19

Posted by on Aug 9, 2020

When news about the local outbreak of infectious pneumonia of an unknown etiology hit headlines in December 2019, most here in Kenya viewed this with skepticism. Never would we have imagined that what we thought was just a small localized infection was in fact a global health pandemic spreading its tentacles around the world. Never ...

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Join our 2020-21 Reading Journey to Put Faith to Work through Love for our World’s Girls

Posted by on Aug 8, 2020

What matters is faith working through love. ~ Galatians 5:6 (HCSB)

If you find your curiosity piqued and a movement of love arising in your heart to see more of and better understand this ancient yet very contemporary gender-based legacy of slavery – which has its own monuments we need to take down – we invite you to consider joining our 2020–21 #GirlChildLongWalk “reading journey” cohort. The reading journey begins on October 11, International Day of the Girl Child, and runs through March 8, International Women’s Day.

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Put Your Pandemic Angst to Work

Posted by on Aug 7, 2020

These are opportune times to transmute the energy of angst into actions that deepen our insight. ~ Dr. Kamilah Majied, mental health therapist, educator, and consultant on inclusivity and contemplative pedagogy and practice. Visit her website at joyfullyjust.com.

Though the pandemic has been unfolding and wreaking its havoc in varying degrees and timelines, we are all collectively emerging into a drastically different world than the pre-COVID-19 one we left behind a few months ago. Between the massive economic impacts and the more recent anti-racism protests and Confederate monuments being taken down, we are living through a time where change is happening right before our eyes. As we have watched the taken-for-granted structures of our world crumble, many have felt a renewed sense of shared human purpose and urgency to lean in and do our part individually to care for the whole and recreate a new normal that is more just and life-giving than the world we left behind.

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Learn about the Ancient Gendered Roots of Slavery in Our New Patriarchy “Splainer” Video – 10,000 Years Condensed into less than 5 Minutes!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2020

The truth will set you free. ~ Jesus in John 8:32 (DARBY)

In the spirit of truth telling, we have been busy working on a tool—a five-minute animated “splainer” video called “Understanding Our History of Patriarchy: What’s faith got to do with it?” – which we hope will add value to the larger gender justice ecoystem and help friends and partners like you tell the truth about the ancient patriarchal roots of slavery. We created this video in partnership with animator Ruben DeLuna and communications strategy firm Do Good Better, which has also been supporting us to reboot and upgrade this reading journey.

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“Flatten the Curve” of an Ancient Pandemic within the Pandemic: Gendercide

Posted by on Aug 6, 2020

You cannot dismantle what you cannot see. You cannot challenge what you do not understand. ~ Layla F. Saad in Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

Living within and alongside both the global pandemic of COVID-19 and our world’s racial injustices is another oppression that is being laid bare: a deeply rooted misogyny, which is the fruit of an ancient social system called “patriarchy,” aka “male supremacy.” Because this form of human subjugation goes back millennia to the cradles of what we know as “modern civilization,” and because it is laced with so many traditional and sacred cows that make it appear virtuous and just the way things are, we have not yet as a society fully named patriarchy for what it truly is—the oldest, most enduring root of slavery. Patriarchy is where the human family first began normalizing the unnatural, immoral, and inhumane notion that one human being could own and subjugate another as property.

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Letter of Invitation

Posted by on Aug 1, 2020

Greetings,

We hope this finds you safe and healthy wherever you have been sheltering. If you are reading this, you may be a friend in the network of the Imago Dei Fund (IDF), the Institute for Faith and Gender Empowerment (IFAGE), and/or someone we have been in touch with about an initiative we piloted last year, and are relaunching this fall, called The Girl Child & Her Long Walk to Freedom: Putting Faith to Work Through Love to Break Ancient Chains.

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