The Churched Feminist is proud to endorse a call for clergy to preach this Sunday about Black girls in light of recent events. If I were preaching this Sunday, I might use the some of the narratives in the Gospel of Luke. Luke is often referred to as the “Social Justice” Gospel and Jesus is portrayed as compassionate to all who are in need. Luke reveals Jesus as God’s agent for salvation. the friend to the outcast. I would use the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37) because of its “outsider” language and the message that even someone different from you is worthy of your compassion. The Good Samaritan reminds us that anyone who needs you is your neighbor. Another text in Luke that might be useful to speak about the plight of Black women and girls is Jesus’ encounter with the bleeding woman and the raising of Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8:40-56). In the case of both the woman and the child death is present: the death of health in the bleeding woman and the physical death of the little girl. Jesus restores life and that more abundantly for both of them. Black girls and women are often at the “fringes” of society, and that the bleeding woman touches the fringe of Jesus’ cloak and immediately healing power goes forth from him? That’ll preach all day.
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