On International Women’s Day 2017

On International Women’s Day I want GIVE THANKS for my dad who raised me to be a confident human, inspiring me every step of the way as I entered a vocation that is dominantly male and even antagonistic to female leaders. 

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I want to APPLAUD my husband, my partner, my equal, my co-conspirator in the mission of justice and mercy. Scott is the strongest man I know who has no need to suppress others so that he can accomplish his goals for good in the world. 

 

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With my hands lifted and my voice raised
I want to give a SHOUT OUT to the WOMEN
who have gone before me
who suffered and died
without seeing the vision God had
in the beginning-
human beings caring for each other and the earth
with love, respect and power used for the advantage of all. 

On this International Women’s Day 
I pray that with reverence and awe 
we would see ourselves and the other 
made in the Image of God. 
Let us lay down our swords 
work a plow 
plant seeds 
sweat through the hard work 
and reap a harvest of peace 
for our children and our children’s children. 

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May we let go of our sexism, criticism, false-pride and fear 
and find our true call 
to love our neighbor as ourselves.

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About Scott & Clare

Scott and Clare Loughrige are Co-Founding Lead Pastors of Crossroads Church. With a vision of starting a dynamic life-filled church, Scott and Clare were sent from a pastoral team in Downriver Detroit and came to live in the Marshall area in 1992. They are deeply committed to building a community where spiritual transformation is the norm and from a place of transformation-- take action in the world. They serve in local and worldwide missions devoted to social justice issues and find no sacred secular split. They believe that social change emerges from a place of deep connectedness with Christ and a community of faith."We have chosen to stay at Crossroads all these years and live into a longterm commitment to a local church. We have enjoyed watching this church continue to transform into the image of Christ and feel deeply grateful to have served this community in that process. Crossroads has been and continues to be a community that is transforming for the sake of the world Jesus loves. Everyday this community challenges us to grow in faith, hope and love. We love our church!" In addition to their commitment to ministry in their own community, they speak at conferences, seminars, and retreats and have a deep commitment to strengthen the souls of Pastors and ministry leaders and the churches they serve. "Our friend who is a psychologist for pastors in crisis said "Do you know what a miracle it is that after these many years in ministry you still love God, the Church and each other?!" We realize it is a miracle and a grace but it has not been without intentional effort. We have given our lives to train and continue to form as Christ's ministers. We have not wanted to give a message that we couldn't experience ourselves. As the pastors of this communnity, the parents of wonderfully developed adult children and growing grandchildren we have HOPE for pastors and leaders and whatever they may be facing". Scott and Clare offer trainings and resources to help you form in the image of Christ as you "navigate the journey home". http://www.ccmonline.org/pastoral-leadership-missions

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