Water sources are often far from the village, and women must walk for hours to fetch water daily. Some families even keep their daughters at home so that they can help collect water. Instead of going to school, these girls follow their mothers and walk, on average, at least 10 miles every day. While walking to get water, particularly when they must walk alone before or after daylight hours, women are vulnerable to sexual assaults and other violent attacks. – Voss Foundation regarding women in Sub-Saharan African villages
Readings: John 4: 1-30 & Blessing of the Well by Jan Richardson
“Because in these healing texts, Jesus does not just cure people’s diseases and cast out their demons and then say, “Mission accomplished.” He’s always after something more than that because the healing is never fully accomplished until there is a restoration to community.”
― Nadia Bolz-Weber, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People
Readings: Matthew 15:10-28 Stubborn Blessing
- by Jan Richardson
Rev. Donna Weddle was the guest worship leader on March 5, 2017.
“The very good people did not convince me; I felt they'd never been tempted. But you knew; you understood; you felt the world outside tugging at one with all its golden hands - and you hated the things it asked of one; you hated happiness bought by disloyalty and cruelty and indifference. That was what I'd never known before - and it's better than anything I've known.”
― Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
Scripture readings: Genesis 3:1-7 and Matthew 4:1-11
Rev. Louis Mitchell
Senior Pastor of Rincon Congregational UCC.