Why Our Voices Matter 

We in the Reformed Church in America have the opportunity to shatter the culture of silence. The Holy Spirit has been on the move ahead of us, equipping Women’s Transformation and Leadership and Local Missional Engagement leaders to help the church speak into this pivotal societal moment with a gracious, godly response that honors women’s stories and offers concrete action steps.

We pray that doing so will shine light* out into a world that keeps crying, “Where is the church?” We pray that this response will bring with it the hope, healing, and transformation that we know comes with following Jesus.

We are here. We are speaking. And we are taking action to end harassment, abuse, and sexual violence against women and girls.

*“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

 

We are Speaking was envisioned by Liz Testa and Eliza Cortés Bast as they dreamed together of how their ministry initiatives—Women’s Transformation and Leadership (WTL) and Local Missional Engagement (LME), respectively—could support ministry leaders and faith communities as they engage this pressing topic in proactive, relevant ways. This statement was created and launched by God’s grace and the partnership of lead writer April Fiet, Lesley Mazzotta, WTL’s guiding coalition and review team, senior GSC staff leaders (Don Poest, Jill Ver Steeg, and Paul Boice), and the RCA communication and production team.