- Photo by Nancy Schoeggl
The flower march on Sunday, August 12, 2012 was an amazing experience for all of us. There was so much visual and emotional input–so much heart–that it’s going to take awhile to unpack it all. We counted more than 1,600 walking, chanting, committed people who took to the streets of Seattle to support American women religious. Even more met us at the Cathedral. The message that seemed to be sent was “Hey, you mess with the sisters, you mess with us!” They represent the best of what Catholicism has to offer. We stood with them and we will continue to stand with them as this dialogue with the bishops unfolds.
Press coverage was widespread and generous. Here’s a link to Joel Connelly’s article in the PI that went up immediately afterward. All three of the local news stations covered the march on the 5:00 PM news. Here’s another article from Seattle Times journalist Sandi Doughten.
What was so heart-warming was the sustained ovation that the throng gave the 20 sisters who were present with us. It seemed to go on and on. The cheer from the crowd “We love you!” was echoed back by the sisters who said “We love YOU! We are ONE!”
All along the march route people came out of their homes and cafes to watch, adding their shouts and applause to the event. One couple, seated on their front steps, held a sign that said “Jews 4 nuns!” Also in the ecumenical spirit, a Presbyterian couple came over from Bainbridge Island just for the march. Other denominations were also represented, such as UCC, Lutherans, and Episcopalians. Situated within the walking crowd itself, one could feel the strength of conviction and higher purpose for what we were about. Love is the most powerful energy known to all of us. It was palpable everywhere. God loves the sisters. And so do we!