‘#BeBoldForChange? International Women’s Day’

International Women’s Day (IWD) was celebrated on 8 March. Four days later, on 12 March, three members of our congregation, Katie Brown, Ailsa Davidson and Bláthnaid Quinn led worship at St Mark’s.

We had all been invited to wear, or carry, something purple, white, green or gold. As you can see from the image, Anne Snoddy and Jill Stamper, as well as many others, rose to the occasion!

In celebration of IWD, and in memory of the struggle for women’s suffrage, Katie, Ailsa and Bláthnaid chose the IWD’s 2017 campaign theme ‘Be Bold for Change’ as their subject.

Ailsa lit our chalice ‘for a world where all people, no matter what their differences, are included and valued. Where women will bring their skills, on equal terms with powerful men, to the process of managing competing interests constructively. Only then will sustainable peace come within reach’. Bláthnaid then read Malala Yousafzai’s story during the ‘Time for All Ages’.

Katie’s inspirational and uplifting address traced the history of women’s suffrage and suggested ways of keeping up the momentum. At the end of the service, we were each given slip of paper and asked to write ‘one thing I will do to be #BeBoldForChange’. These ideas will be collated and shared in the future.

During the service Aisling and Euan, assisted by Ida and Lynsey, made collages of prominent women, returning later to show us their work.

Photographs by Kaye Fuscone and Jane Aaronson.