Different Visions

Boston Women's March

Boston Women’s March

Jean and I attended the Women’s March in Boston last Saturday, one of 600+ marches worldwide, to promote a very different vision than that of President Trump.  It was exciting to be part of a crowd of 175,000 people, women, men and children, who peacefully gathered together with a progressive vision to support women’s rights, immigration reform, health care for all, protection of the environment and the rights of workers, ethnic minorities, and the LGBTQ community.  Senator Ed Markey reminded us that Boston Common was where the American Revolution, the Abolitionist movement, the  Suffragette movement all started, and where the Freedom Riders departed for the Civil Rights movement, and where the anti-Vietnam war protests were held.  It was a moment in history, perhaps the largest march ever in Boston, and nationwide certainly the largest protest event in our history.  I was proud to be part of it, despite my unease at being in such a large and tightly packed crowd.

President Trump, of course, could not stand the way the women had stolen the limelight from him, so he tried to compare the size of his inauguration crowd with the protest crowd on the Washington Mall the following day.  He said his crowd was over a million people, when it was actually about 30% of that.  When challenged, his spokesperson said that he had “alternative facts”.  This is a preview of the next four years, where our President will present a set of “alternative facts” covering every aspect of our lives.  Trump’s inauguration speech with its gloom akeep-calmnd doom demonstrated the alternative lens through which he looks at the world. We are in for a very bumpy ride and will need to support one another.    

We are going to need God’s saving help to get through the next four years.   Perhaps we might pray as the Brits do for their Queen, “God save the President”.  Also we might borrow from them another saying, “Keep Calm and Carry On”, which was on the famous poster designed by the British government to help people in the dark days of World War II.  It is a suitable motto for our times also.

About John Fisk

I am a retired pastor, who served churches in New England for 33 years. I emigrated to the USA from England in 1974 and completed two graduate degrees in theology and pastoral practice at Andover-NewtonTheological School. In retirement I am focused on the teaching of Christian meditation, providing spiritual guidance, leading retreats and occasional preaching. I am particularly interested in contemplation, the mystical path and social justice.
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6 Responses to Different Visions

  1. Jennifer says:

    Thank you, John, for speaking out……and, as usual, in your good British way, finding the calm center in the midst of the chaos. I am grateful for your years as our pastor and for your wise voice since!

  2. I, too, have my concerns for the Trump Presidency. However, when I hear of pastors openly supporting “women’s rights” such as abortion, I understand why we are in the mess we’re in today. We cannot serve God and the world, John.

    • John Fisk says:

      Thanks for your comment, Nicole. I am not an advocate for abortion and I did not see any signs at the Women’s March or hear any speakers advocating for abortion. I do, however, believe that women should have the right to decide to have a legal and safe abortion if they feel they have no other option. I would encourage a person to choose adoption as an alternative, but it is the woman’s decision to make. I am old enough to remember the dangerous conditions of “back street abortions” and we should not return to those days. Thanks for sharing a different perspective. I liked your prayers on your blog. Keep up the writing.

  3. Wendy says:

    John, thank you for sharing your perspective on the march and on the upcoming changes in American life. It is a scary time, and we are blessed to have our faith, and your words, to keep us strong.

    • John Fisk says:

      Thank you, Wendy, for your thoughts and affirmation. I apologize for the lateness of my response – your comment escaped my attention. Protesting is therapeutic for the protesters. History will tell what other effects it has.

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