If you know anything about writer’s groups . . .
Scratch that. What a terrible first sentence. You either just yawned, zoned out or decided to skip this and keep scrolling until you found a more interesting post. Oh but you’re here, so you might as well keep reading. Besides it gets better, even if you don’t give a hoot about writing.
Let’s try this: Ever been a part of a group that “gets it?” Whatever “it” may be for you? A group who shares your pulse? Whose energy leaves you breathless? Whose dreams are so outrageous that you can’t help but think they might come true? Or whose excitement over one another’s ideas leads an eavesdropping spouse to tweet that the group sounds more like a bachelorette party than a literary discussion? Oh sorry, probably not that last one. It’s just so much fun I got carried away.
A little over a year ago, I was invited to join a group of women whose diversity of passion left me inspired: adoption, creation care, HIV/AIDS, the homeless, motherhood, simplicity, unplanned pregnancy. Passions as diverse as each woman sitting in the room. Each woman as unique as the story her life was composed to tell. Each story as distinct as the voice that was created to tell it. Circled up on leather couches and displaced dining room chairs, it didn’t take long to realize our differences were vast, but our vision was the same. The same because the thing that brought us together was the One who imbedded the passion, composed the story and journeyed with each voice through every nook and cranny.
Last spring, around a thick wooden table in a dark Irish pub, we decided to give our collective voice a name. Last week, we went live with our website. (Hang with me, the link is coming . . .) Our mission? To fearlessly expand the feminine voice in our churches, culture and community. Feminine not to be confused with feminist. Nor with pink hearts and powdery-smelling flowers. Feminine meaning thoughtful, perceptive, courageous and influence-shaking. Feminine meaning uniquely female. After all, we are women. It’s part of what we “get.”
Last night, we met at my house. The passion-infused conversation that flowed as we rallied around a vision greater than ourselves brought to mind this Margaret Mead quote (that has popped up so much in recent years it feels cliched to use it, but I’m gonna because it’s just that good): “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
A bit altrustic, I know, but hey, it’s part of my vastly-different-yet-sort-of-the-same unique voice.
We’re for your voice too (regardless of your chromosomal makeup). We’re for using it to make a difference – whatever your passion, whatever your story, whatever your voice. Hope you’ll be for ours too.
Well, if you’ve made it this far, check us out: Redbud Writer’s Guild. And be sure to let me (or us) know what you think. Just be nice. We may be passionate about our mission, but we are still writers. That’s an inside joke for the ones who give a hoot.