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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 1, 2020

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WEDNESDAY, July 1                           Pauli Murray

Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’?”

I learned about Pauli Murray, the first African American woman priest in the Episcopal church (1977) from my education professor, a Quaker woman. This civil rights lawyer turned priest broke glass and stained-glass ceilings.

In 1941, Pauli Murray began Howard University’s school of law, with the goal of becoming a civil rights lawyer. Rejected for post-graduate work at Harvard on the basis of her gender, Murray coined the phrase “Jane Crow” to illustrate a different perspective on racism and sexism in America.

I imagine Pauli Murray leaning on Jesus, seeing hope and a way forward—not just for herself but also for those for whom she advocated. Her experiences increased her determination to work for a just society in the ways that only she could do.

MOVING FORWARD: This month, we’ll be spending some extra time with the saints. Get to know these special friends by doing some research on them.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Makueni (Kenya), the Murray (Australia), and the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain

Ps 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130 | Numbers 22:41—23:12 | Romans 7:13-25 | Matthew 21:33-46

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