This badge was made in early 2015, at a time when the Scottish Episcopal Church was quagmired in a listening process about the issue of LGBT people in the church. It was a frustrating and painful time for the LGBT community who were already in the church, and there were many days when it felt as if the whole process would simply allow the question of equality to be kicked into the tall grass, there to be lost and forgotten.
Taken from the gospel hymn that became the anthem of the American civil rights movement for Black lives in the 1960s, many people forget that the lyrics to that anthem are not “We Shall Overcome” but “We Shall Overcome Some Day”. A small difference, but a difference that feels far more real and true when the fight seems slow and hard. It remains real and true for many people in many parts of the world today.
You can hear a short clip of Joan Baez singing “We Shall Overcome” at the 1963 March on Washington DC here: