12:00 Mini-Recital • 12:15 Worship • 12:45 Lunch
In a devotional introduction, The Expansive Language Sub-Committee Justice for Women Working Group National Council of Churches, U.S.A, edited by Meagan Manas, offers: There are so many ways that words shape our world. We’ve all heard it before, and we’ve probably said it too, in an effort to cheer up a child reeling from the effects of name-calling or insults: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Each of us knows that words have the power to wound deeper than sticks and stones, and no matter how firmly we assert that we are rubber and not glue, words have a way of sticking deep in our bones. We also know that words have the power to transform, to inspire and to bring life. Words of scripture and the traditional words of our communities can link us together and draw us into fellowship across space and time. Over the next weeks, during our Noon Hour Pause on Wednesdays, we will offer starting points to explore what is at stake in the words we use, acknowledging that words can be used to tear down and build up; after all, words matter.