The Common Good

V-Day: Speak Out on Violence Against Women -- From the Pulpit

Date: February 14, 2014

Today is Valentine's Day, our annual reminder to celebrate the love we share in our lives. While many may be struggling through aisles of candy hearts and bunches of roses, I invite you to flip this day of mandatory public expressions of love on its head.

What if, along with romantic dinners and expensive chocolates, we celebrated those we love by committing ourselves against sexual and domestic violence? This Valentine's Day, or V-Day, Sojourners is joining with One Billion Rising to speak out on violence against women -- the most hidden injustice in our world. We speak out because one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. That's one in three women in my family, in my circle of friends, in my workplace -- and in my church.