It started with trying to find a way for people to honour the struggle towards women’s ordination while attending the male-only ordination service, in a way that would not detract from the celebration of the day. Tiny ribbons – purple and green – pinned discretely to clothing. They were enough to enrage some of the opposition.
People sought us out to select their own, and buy one for their pastor or friend. Scarf-wearing strangers smiled at each other. Comments were made: “Nice scarf!”
When I stood up to speak, feeling sick with anxiety, fearing we were going through a charade but needing to take the opportunity to speak out regardless, I looked over the crowd and the green and purple kept my heart strong.
Over those painful days of needing to maintain an attitude of forbearance the visible sign of support kept me going. Who knew that a scarf could create a community?
View 2013 LCA Synod photos here