Note: The Huffington Post published this entry in December 2015. An excerpt is below. A fuller version can be found here.
For communities of color and of faith, standing with black women and girls is more than a desirable ideal -- it is a moral obligation and sacred opportunity. Last weekend, a national planning team launched a campaign to stand with black women and girls under the organizing hashtag of #StandwithBWG. This networked undertaking of public education is a month-long effort of using liturgy, advocacy for equitable public policy, and digital engagement to prioritize the well-being of women of color. It is an effort designed to support, not supplant, the existing leadership and advocacy of black women and girls on their own behalf.
The call to action is for black congregations of faith to move beyond special occasion advocacy -- wherein Women's Day, Mother's Day, or a publicized crisis generate temporary support -- to sustained advocacy for black women and girls that situates their health, happiness, and wholeness within the sediment and sinews, the pulpit and pews, of our sanctuaries.