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Time to speak out? by Becky Howcroft, Leeds Citizens
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authorLawrence Cockrill

This reflection “Time to Speak Out?” explores Becky’s understanding that people in difficult situations don’t need others to speak for them. Becky affirms the  effectiveness of people empowered to speak for themselves and their community.  

"In the early days of my own journey of faith, this was a strong motivator for making my voice heard in rallying against systemic injustices. I have come to understand, however, that people in difficult situations don’t need me to speak. Rather, it is more effective for people to be empowered to speak for themselves and their community. I love the story of when Jesus met the woman at the well, and simply sat with her. There was no large miracle in this story, just Jesus being his authentic self, listening to this woman, drawing out her story and encouraging her to act in response. It was a transformational encounter."

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