I was so thankful to participate in The Justice Conference simulcast a couple weekends ago. Like the previous year, my heart was broken, encouraged, and transformed as I listened to the speakers who shared their stories and the work of justice that God is doing all over the world. Let there be no doubt, pursuing justice is difficult. It often takes long-term commitments, sometimes with very little visible results and that can be discouraging. So why do it? Why pursue justice?
As I round out this month’s God Cares About His Women Series on Good Friday, it is only fitting that we rest at the feet of the cross. Women met Christ at the cross. Matthew’s account of the gospel records that “many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs (Matt. 27:55).”
From the beginning of time and what we refer to as the Christian faith, God had his eyes on women and women had their eyes on him. It has been my honor to share the stories of women of Christian faith throughout the Church’s history, and those who are sharing in their legacy today. I lock arms with them to stand against the schemes of the evil one and proclaim the good news that Jesus saves!
I was honored to interview Mae Cannon while attending The Justice Conference a couple weeks ago. I look forward to spending more time and hopefully learning from her in the coming months. Mae is a minister, writer, and academic who cares deeply about God’s heart for the poor and the oppressed. She is the author of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World (IVP, 2009) and Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action (IVP, 2013). Cannon is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), was formerly the executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church located in Walnut Creek, California, and has served as Director of Development and Transformation for Extension Ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. Prior to joining World Vision, Mae lived in East Jerusalem and served as a consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International. Cannon holds an M.Div. From North Park Theological Seminary, an M.B.A. from North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She is now a doctoral candidate in American History with the minor in Middle Eastern studies at the University of California – Davis, focusing her dissertation on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine. Mae is a Godly woman who inspires me.
When I asked Mae to share about a Godly woman who inspires her, Andrea (Andy) Smith immediately came to mind. Mae’s reflections: