Manifesto: Let us be Women who Love

By Idelette McVicker | Twitter: @idelette


Let us be women who Love.

Let us be women willing to lay down our sword words, our sharp looks, our ignorant silence and towering stance and fill the earth now with extravagant Love.

Let us be women who Love.

Let us be women who make room.

Let us be women who open our arms and invite others into an honest, spacious, glorious embrace.


Let us be women who carry each other.

Let us be women who give from what we have.

Let us be women who leap to do the difficult things, the unexpected things and the necessary things.

Let us be women who live for Peace.

Let us be women who breathe Hope.

Let us be women who create beauty.

Let us be women who Love.


Let us be a sanctuary where God may dwell.

Let us be a garden for tender souls.

Let us be a table where others may feast on the goodness of God.

Let us be a womb for Life to grow.

Let us be women who Love.


Let us rise to the questions of our time.

Let us speak to the injustices in our world.

Let us move the mountains of fear and intimidation.

Let us shout down the walls that separate and divide.

Let us fill the earth with the fragrance of Love.

Let us be women who Love.


Let us listen for those who have been silenced.

Let us honour those who have been devalued.

Let us say, Enough! with abuse, abandonment, diminishing and hiding.

Let us not rest until every person is free and equal.

Let us be women who Love.


Let us be women who are savvy, smart and wise.

Let us be women who shine with the light of God in us.

Let us be women who take courage and sing the song in our hearts.

Let us be women who say, Yes to the beautiful, unique purpose seeded in our souls.

Let us be women who call out the song in another’s heart.

Let us be women who teach our children to do the same.

Let us be women who Love.


Let us be women who Love, in spite of fear.

Let us be women who Love, in spite of our stories.

Let us be women who Love loudly, beautifully, Divinely.

Let us be women who Love.


About Idelette:
Idelette is founding editor of She’s a bit intense, granted, but she’s getting to be really okay with it. She was born and raised in South Africa which shaped her longing for justice and freedom for everyone and a deep, deep love for Africa. She also worked in Taipei as journalist and discovered that Heaven might look like lingering over oohlong tea in the mountains of Chiufen. She moved to Vancouver, Canada a month before the millennium turned. She is married to Scott, has three young children and loves Sisterhood. She blogs at and tweets @idelette.

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  • Glo

    This entire blog is amazing! I will be a woman who loves.

    • Thank you so much! // Fantastic! Love it! #clickingheels

      • Missy Eula

        Would love to have permission to print this and hang on my wall so I see it everyday! Yes?

  • Tracey

    Does this site have a Spanish version? Do you want a Spanish version of articles etc translated?

    • We don’t yet … Are you interested in volunteering? 🙂

  • I’ve been following Shelovesmagazine more closely since the 25 day so of prayer for Syria. I don’t know what’s taken me so long to subscribe! This is an incredibly beautiful community and this manifesto….wow. Gorgeous and inspiring. I want to print it out and keep it near my kitchen sink. I’m looking forward to digging deeper and reading more from your contributors.

    • Hi Osheta, somehow I just got to see this comment tonight. So so happy we’ve found each other. We need another post from you!!!!! Please? xoxo

  • This is beautiful! I love your heart! Yes, let us be women who love.

    • Thank you, Paula. Thank you …

  • Daniela

    Have I ever told you how much I love this?

  • Melinda Cadwallader

    YES! Let us be!!! I choose to be a woman who loves. when this world says I shouldnt, I can’t or my entitled emotion says to stop. I choose to be a woman who never stops loving.

  • Amy Hunt


  • Anna

    As I read your manifesto, my eyes softened, as if a lingering tension from witnessing pain, gave a way to hope through love in your words. BEAUTIFUL!

    • Thank you so much for your beautiful words, Anna … One heart at a time.

  • Michelle Gunnin

    Let us be. Such a powerful message.

  • Jennifer Lower

    Idelette, I am preparing for a Mother-Daughter Retreat — please, oh please, may I use your liturgy for our Sunday morning worship time? This will be held at Mingus Mountain in Prescott, Arizona — I am one of the pastors planning the event. Rev Jen Lower

    • Jennifer, I’m so sorry! I completely missed your comment. You have my permission to use it with attribution. Of course! Thank you for asking.

  • YES. Yes. Amen.

  • ‘Lena Ehlert

    My pastor’s wife just shared this with me; we are reading Jesus Feminist together and I am in the midst of planning a women’s lunch coming up in March. I am thinking this will be our theme. It is absolutely beautiful and the cry of my heart for women. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. (And we share birthdays!)

    • Look how far we’ve come! Thank you for inviting me into your beautiful sisterhood, ‘Lena!

  • Emily

    Oh yes, let us be! In a world filled with negativity, let’s stand out!

    • O, thank you, Emily! Yes, let’s …!

  • These words feel like an invitation home. Thank you.

    • Thank YOU, Danielle. I love that picture.

  • A manifesto that should shape our prayers.

    • For me, it was one big prayer … Thank you for seeing it as such, Michele

  • Dr. Dee Tee

    first part of love is–being submissive to your husbands and fulfill the helpmeet role God limited them to.

    • Jesus said the greatest commandment is this: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. And the second, to love our neighbours as ourselves. That Love is not gender specific or role-specific. It also applies to women who are married and not married.

      • Dr. Dee Tee

        yet that i snot the only verse dealing with the topic of love: Prov. 3:12; 12:1 Deut. 8:5; Heb. 12:6,10

        Your husbands are your neighbors.

  • Thank you sooooo much, Autumn.

  • Micah Madsen

    Like a breath of fresh air. Loved this.

  • meg

    I will never get tired of this. I have been part of this community since the beginning although I am not connected as I was at the beginning this will always be a safe haven for me. I pray that this manifesto gets in graved in all of our souls. <3

    • Thank you so much, Meg … I pray that too. It really was birthed as a prayer, a hope, a yearning.

  • Dersiree Taverner

    Someone shared this to FB yesterday (with attribution). I was so touched by it’s beauty that I shared it too. My friends have then shared it on. I hope that it goes viral. I pray that women laying down their sword words, carrying each other and loving extravagantly goes “viral”. Thank you for calling out the song in my heart!

  • ayela

    Idelette: I’m launching Kol Isha- The Voice of the Woman-a community of prayer, Muslim/Jewish/Christian women’s engagement for social justice and peace work, classes in a women centered Kabbalah and love “Let Us Be Women”. Is it ok to use some of your text, with of course noting you as the author on our emerging website?

  • Idelette. Super powerful and gentle and beautiful. Just pulling up a chair around here and so kind.

  • Staci

    Wow! Wow Wow! This manifesto is SO great! It makes my heart sing to read something that is encouraging and inspiring for women to Love! These lines really stood out to me – “Let us be women who call out the song in another’s heart.” “Let us be a table where others may feast on the goodness of God.” “Let us be women who breathe Hope / create Beauty” and “Let us be women who Love in spite of our stories.” So beautifully written. Thank you Idelette for starting this online community!
    ps – I have been to South Africa on a youth missions trip in 1999, the trip definitely impacted my heart for justice and blessed me with humility.

  • Averageyoung Merican

    If only all women could vow to be women of love-we could really change the world and all those we come into contact with!

  • Katie Pezzutto

    Love this! Idelette, thank you!