In our baptismal covenant, we promise to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being. Abuse of any kind, particularity abuse of women at the hands of men, is in direct opposition to this. It is unacceptable that this is continuing at the rate that it is. Saturdays walk was much more than a fundraiser. It was a sign to the world that we can stand in solidarity with the victims of abuse and that together we demand a world where this is no longer acceptable. As one person said to me on Saturday, “My dream is that we won’t have to do this fundraiser every year because there will be no need for Anova.” This is God’s dream too. That God’s good creation is free from violence and injustice and that all of God’s children, male and female, young and old, will live in peace. Jesus’ call from Sunday’s gospel reading (Mark 9:38-50) is to be salt so we can season the world with a love that penetrates deep into every soul. So deep in fact that respect for the dignity of every human being becomes part of who we are. May we pray that violence ends. May we be salt for the world and season it with love and peace. May we together walk toward God’s dream for God’s world!