Why I’m marching

I’m a 58-year-old straight white woman with bad feet.  Why am I going to the Women’s March in Washington DC on January 21st?

I’m marching because I want to be part of the conversation. Politicians are always talking. The news cycles are filled with people shouting past each other as they try to force their reality on one another.

There’s a lot of voices out there.

I want to add my voice. My voice will be one of hope, inclusion, and welcome.

I’m marching so I can share what I have learned over 58 years of being a woman, and a pastor, mother, wife, sister, daughter, and an American.

I’m marching my faith.

I want to be involved in what is going on in our country.

I want my voice to be heard. I want to show up, speak up, and share what I believe in.

I want to stand shoulder to shoulder with vast numbers of diverse people across the country and reflect on what it means to love all of my neighbors.

I want to join young and old women of every age, color and ability to declare that every woman deserves to be treated with respect.

I want to march with gay, straight, and trans women and say what is true – each one of us is created in God’s image.

I am not a political activist. I have never done anything like this before.

But I am expending a great deal of time, effort, and resources to ensure that my voice joins thousands of others. Together we will encourage each other to stand up for dignity, equality, and an eager openness to learn about one another.

I am marching a message of love.

I am marching a message of hope.

I am marching a promise never to give up.

I am marching so all people can be included in our nation’s history.


That’s why I’m marching.

I’ll let you know what I experience.

13 thoughts on “Why I’m marching

  1. Carol Crump Bryner

    Good for you. I’m cheered by the thought of all these women speaking out in this peaceful and meaningful way. Thank you for adding your always wise and thoughtful voice to this event, and, yes, please do let us know your experience.


  2. Jill

    Beautifully expressed – I’m going to borrow some of your words if anyone asks why I’m marching in Boston. Thanks for representing us in DC – stay safe and stay strong (and be kind to your feet) !


  3. Marjorie Main

    Thank you, Sue. If I still lived in Woodstock I’d be happy to March with you ! The turnout in DC looks Incredibly organized and enormous ! I just read that there are more than 370 marches planned…in many countries around the world. Goodness…I feel shades of the 1960s. Be safe and thanks for marching ! Marjorie

    Sent from my iPad



  4. DianaBartelt

    Way to go Pastor Sue.
    I am an Associate member of the Church of the Good Shepard West Woodstock. Our family never misses the 4th of July a Jamboree at East Woodstovk. God Bless you.


  5. David Brown

    Sue, I love the reasons you are going, please be extra careful. Large crowds can be challenging.

    I love your msg of inclusion. We all matter. I am so sick of division.
    Dave B


  6. cynthia

    Sue, know you and all those marching here are being supported in Ireland as well. Even in the west of Ireland. Our group will be out in support of all of you, Cynthia

    Liked by 1 person

    1. fosteringyourfaith

      Thank you Cynthia! That means a lot! We will be marching together in spirit – across this country and across the globe, as well.


  7. Amy Kinney

    Hi Sue!

    Do you have a pink pussyhat for the march? Do you know about those? I’m excited that you’re going and I can’t wait to hear more about it!

    smiles amy 🙂

    Sent from my iPhone


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  8. Catherine Hiller

    POWER to you, Sue, and all who march with you! I will be thinking of you and praying that the message you all bring will be heard. Be safe. Catherine


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