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People of faith pray for women's rights at the Ohio Statehouse

Yesterday was Women's Equality Day. Members of several different faith traditions gathered in the Ohio Statehouse to pray for women's rights and equality for all people.

On left: Amanda Hoyt of Faith in Public Life. On right: Reverend Lynda Smith.
Steve Palm-Houser

"Let us never underestimate the power of the message of the sacredness of life," said Reverend Lynda Smith, a minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens who recently moved to Columbus. "We come together to find common bonds in the work of justice and dignity for all. We are the ones that we have been waiting for. We will not be co-opted or dismissed. We pray today especially for the virtues of the divine feminine power of God."

The event was part of the Moral Week of Action which was launched in 12 states last Friday, modeled on the Moral Monday movement inspired by the NAACP in North Carolina.

Today the prayer topics will be Medicaid expansion, health care, and environmental justice. All people of faith (and no faith) are welcome to gather at noon in the George Washington Williams room of the Ohio Statehouse for the 30-minute prayer vigil.

On Thursday, August 28 the Moral Week of Action will culminate in a Prayer Rally for Ohio from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the 3rd Street steps of the Statehouse.