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Sojourners Gives a Lesson on Bullying for #Spirit Day
Sojourners has tweeted out information with statistics about bullying, which demonstrate why a strong unified opposition to bullying is needed.
— Sojourners (@Sojourners) October 19, 2012
Lisa Sharon Harper, Director of Mobilizing at Sojourners, shared her own experience of bullying as a child in a blog post on Sojourner’s web site. Now an influential thought leader on socially progressive Christian issues, she brings us back to when she was six years old and facing a bully that she likens to a “bulldog”. Her story recounts what bullying does to someone’s self-worth and how it affects someone for the rest of their life. She ends with this pledge:
This spirit day I stand in solidarity with all the 6-year-old, 12-year-old, 20-year-old, 40-year-old, and 80-year-old gay and straight women and men who face down bulldogs every day. May our feet remain planted in the truth: We are all made in the image of God. We are all worthy of love.
Sojourners also took to Facebook, posting a photo of the staff in Washington, DC, wearing purple. They also posted one of GLAAD’s graphics for people of faith who oppose bullying. There are two faith graphics available from the faith page of the Spirit Day web site.
Sojourners joins more than 50 faith organizations participating in Spirit Day. Some of the other organizations participating are the Unitarian Universalist Association, Metropolitan Community Churches, Muslims for Progressive Values, Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, Dignity USA, Fortunate Families, Keshet, the Institute for Judaism, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, Eden Theological Seminary Common Grounds, Auburn Seminary, Affirmation United Methodists, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, Pacific School of Religion, Coalition of Welcoming Congregations in the Bay Area, Covenant Network of Presbyterians, Religious Institute: Faithful Voices on Sexuality and Religion, The Marin Foundation, The Naming Project, and LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent.
It’s not too late for you to join in Spirit Day. Get involved by downloading GLAAD’s Spirit Day resource kit, which contains tools to help turn your community purple in a stand against bullying. Congregations and faith organizations are encouraged to visit the faith page of the Spirit Day web site to participate in Spirit Day.Spirit Day participants can also spread the word by telling their friends that they’re going purple on 10/19. Or, you can text PURPLE to 80888 to donate $5 to support the important work GLAAD,GLSEN and The Trevor Project do every day to end bullying and support LGBT youth.
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