Monday, August 31, 2020

The Lucy Burns Museum- Part Two

Things began to heat up in the 
Suffrage Movement in the United States in 1917.

On Labor Day, eleven suffragists 
were arrested for picketing a war draftee parade. 
Alie Paul, Rose Winslow and Kate Heffelfinger
 were imprisoned in the DC jail. They escalated their protest
 by going on a hunger strike and refusing to do prison work.
Force feedings followed.
Alice Paul was thrown into the "psychopathic ward."
For weeks Paul endured isolation, 
constant monitoring and purposeful sleep deprivation- 
all while on a hunger strike.
Outraged, Lucy Burns and 31 other suffragists protested Paul's treatment.  They were arrested and sent to prison in Occoquan on November 14. They soon endured their own "Night of Terror."

The Lucy Burns Museum is Free to visit. 
($5 fee if you want to see the
 preserved jail cells from Lorton Prison)
Open Saturdays- Noon to Five.
 A trip here will make certain 
that you tell others the story 
and Always, Always VOTE!
PS-It wasn't until February 21, 1952
 that Virginia finally showed its support
 for women's suffrage by officially 
ratifying the 19th Amendment. 
African American women and men’s voting rights
 would not be incorporated into the country’s law 
until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Mississippi did not ratify the 
19th Amendment until 1984.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Lucy Burns Museum- Part One

The Seneca Falls Convention   
 Sharing some of the early history of women's suffrage 
in the United States.  
Stopped by the Lucy Burns Museum today 
at the Lorton Workhouse in Occoquan, Virginia.
(photos taken at the museum unless noted)

 Well-known names joined together 
in the late 1800's
for the fight for Votes for Women.
Susan B. Anthony 
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Lucy Stone
 Things seems stalled out until a new group
 of very determined women took the helm.
Alice Paul and Lucy Burns participated 
in the Suffrage movement in England,
 and then came back home to the United States
 to take up the cause here.
They planned and organized a march
 in Washington D.C.
 Inez Milholland, one of the leaders of the movement
 on the white horse
 that led the parade.
The parade was slammed 
with violence against the women.
But, the coverage of the parade stunned America, 
and they woke up to the cause of suffrage.
                                                                                    C. Denninger photo
This is a reenactment of the "white horse ride" 
at the groundbreaking ceremony 
for the Suffragist Memorial in 2010.
The Suffrage movement was plagued 
with the challenge of racism
 as the fight for suffrage was for white women only.
Ida B. Wells and Mary Church Terrell 
were two of the leaders that moved 
to bring suffrage to black women. 
This right was not fully secured until
 the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

A great read to share with children.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Worship into the Week- Who? at Banias, Israel

Worship into the Week
Matthew 16:13-20
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

Jesus and his disciples came to the 
district of Caesarea Philippi.
He asked the question- 
"Who do you say that the Son of Man is?"
They offered options:
John the Baptist, Elijah,
Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
Peter speaks up and in  bold statement professes-
"You are the Christ, 
the son of the living Good."
Jesus responds that this truth
 has not been Peter's own knowledge,
 but revealed to him by His Father in heaven.
Then Jesus lays out the future of His Kingdom.
" are Peter, and on this rock
 I will build my church, and the gates of hell
 shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,
 and whatever you bind on earth
 shall rebound in heaven,
 and whatever you loose on earth
 shall be loosed in heaven."
Then he charged the disciples
 to tell nobody that he was the Christ.
 The Gates of Hades- 
or the Grotto of Pan at Banias, Israel.
The cave where cultic pagan sacrifices
 were made at Caesarea Philippi
 was filled in by an earthquake.
(From our trip in January 2020.)
Some of the niches that would have held gifts
 to the god Pan, the fertility god,
 beginning in the 3rd century BC.
 This spot sits at the base
 of Mount Hermon north of the Golan Heights.
Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi,
 but these "good Jewish boys"
 had heard about what happened at this site.
They would have known about the Gates of Hades.
It was a clash of worlds of two cultures here.
The perfect spot for Jesus to spotlight
 the countercultural projection of his Ministry.
The perfect spot to ask- "Who?"

The same question looms large in our own world.
A world that has turned away from the Messiah.
This spot is always such a powerful reminder
  that Jesus asks the same question of me today.
How will I make an uncommon impact in the world?
By loving God and loving my neighbors.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Votes for Women- 100th Anniversary

Some things from my collected
 Votes for Women stash.
Today is the 100th Anniversary
 of the ratification of the 19th Amendment
 that gave women the right to vote.
Picked up the Commemorative stamps
 at the post office when they came out
 this past Saturday.
Ten years ago this month I went 
to the groundbreaking 
for the Suffragist Memorial.
I signed my name for the time capsule
 that would be a part of the site.
 I live 5 miles away so it was time 
to check on the memorial.
 I had read that things were "on hold" with Covid, but
this was a real disappointment.
Ten years and this is as far 
as they are on the completion.
 So I drove back to the Occoquan Workhouse.
 I never knew anything about this story till 12 years ago. 
My three daughters never learned about it in school. 
Not till I was assigned to watch the movie- 
Iron Jawed Angels
in a Master's class, 
did I learn the story of what
 happened here in Occoquan, VA.
A bit of history about the purple and gold.

 A bit about the story of the yellow roses.
The Lucy Burns Museum was closed today.
So part two of the story will happen soon.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Mount Nebo

The last trip to Israel included the Jordan extension.
Sharing a bit about Mount Nebo. 
Mount Nebo is an elevated ridge of the Abarim 
in Jordan about 2,330 feet above sea level.
It is mentioned in the Bible
 as the place where Moses 
was granted a view of the Promised Land. 
According to the final chapter in Deuteronomy 
Moses ascended Mount Nebo to view the Land of Canaan
which God had said he would not enter; he died in Moab.
The serpentine cross sculpture was created by Italian artist
Giovanni Fantoni. It is symbolic of the bronze serpent
 created by Moses in the wilderness.
Numbers 21:4-9 and the cross
 upon which Jesus was crucified. John 3:14.
The view from the summit provides
 a panorama of the land, the Dead Sea and 
to the north, a more limited one
 of the valley of the River Jordan.  
The West Bank city of Jericho
 is usually visible from the summit,
 as is Jerusalem and Bethlehem 
on a very clear day.
Preserved on the site
 is a Byzantine church and monastery
 that was discovered in 1933. 
The church was first constructed
 in the second half of the 4th century
to commemorate the place of Moses' death.
(Though we don't really know the exact spot 
where he was buried.)
The mosaics of the Diakonikon  
with its hunting and pastoral scenes
 of colorful almost intact teaserae
 is one of the most remarkable mosaics in Jordan.
 It was discovered in 1976 in the Basilica
 below a simple mosaic floor.
Friend Lisa Latall stops for a photo.
Areas of green break
 the barren landscape.
When we have dry spells in our lives,
and we look to the future
 to some sort of "promised land",
it is so important to see 
and value what is right in front of us.
Even in the barren spells, 
there springs the green of hope.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Worship into the Week- Sing for JOY

Worship into the Week-
Psalm 67 
Gospel- Matthew 15:21-28

We are living in unprecedented times.
We are praying for the end
 of unprecedented times.
We long for precedented times.
But, in these days we must
 lift our hands in praise.
We are called to sing for JOY.
Even on the hard days,
even when the days seem dark,
even when we praise alone.
Let the nations hear our cry 
ring out in praise to our God.

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