Thank you to Got Chai for bringing this to my attention. Ladies, be prepared. This is a real perversion of the gospel. I think as we get closer to Christ's return, we will see more and more of these types of "churches" popping up.
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We are a diverse community, standing firmly within the Christian tradition in order to re-image the divine by claiming her feminine persona in thealogy, liturgy, church structure, art, language, practices, leadership, and acts of justice. Challenging the church’s restricted language of the past, we pay special attention to images and metaphors that attempt to embrace divine fullness and that offer a witness of holy nurture and inclusive justice, both to the church and to the world.
A new form of church is happening at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 678 Portola Drive in San Francisco. Gather at 10:30 AM Sundays for a lively, engaging, thoroughly inclusive and feminist service of worship. Led by Pastor Stacy Boorn, the liturgy features images and metaphors that will enlarge understanding of and connection with the sacred. Music and readings further reflect this commitment to reclaiming the feminine persona of the divine. Come as you are – you’ll find hope, healing, and community. All are welcome at this table! Worship Sunday mornings at 10:30
Our Christian/Lutheran feminist prayers and liturgy reach back into the storehouse of tradition to bring forth names as Mother, Shaddai, Sophia, Womb, Midwife, Shekinah, She Who Is. They do so out of renewed insights into the nature of the Gospel empowered by the risen Christ-Sophia.
Let your relationship with the Divine be opened and expanded.
Our Mother who is within us
we celebrate your many names.
Your wisdom come.
Your will be done,
unfolding from the depths within us.
Each day you give us all that we need.
You remind us of our limits
and we let go.
You support us in our power
and we act with courage.
For you are the dwelling place within us
the empowerment around us
and the celebration among us
now and for ever. Amen
Text by Miriam Therese Winter
Medical Mission Sister, Professor
of Liturgy, Worship and Spirituality.
Author of WomanWord and other
books and resources for Ritual.
Christianity, for the most part, continues to slight or silence the voices and power of women, the divine feminine and efforts to empower women and support the equality of all peoples. Join with this emerging feminist faith community to be a prophetic voice for change in the church and patriarchal systems. We encourage you to send a contribution as you are able. You are invited to become a part of our global or local membership. (Both are vital gifts!)
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God/dess of struggle and blessing, we thank you that you are so willing to meet us in love here and now, as you meet our mothers and fathers, partners and lovers, siblings and children, friends and strangers on their faith journeys, as you entered our human life in Jesus Christ-Sophia. Help us open our hearts to you in our time of remembrance and celebration that we may grow in light and love toward you and all people through the gentle wind of your Spirit....
We affirm with the apostle Paul that in Christ "there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female" (Galatians 3:28). Christ-Sophia has made us
one. We acknowledge this reconciliation extends to all people. Because gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgendered persons are often scorned by society and alienated from the Church, we wish to make known our caring and concern. It is for this purpose that we affirm the following:
That people of all sexual orientations share with all others the worth that comes from being unique
individuals created by God/dess;
That GLBT people are welcome within the membership of this congregation (organization or synod); and
That together with others in church and society we work towards changing policies that deny full acceptance and human dignity to all peoples especially GLBT persons who bear the brunt of the churches patriarchal discriminatory policies.
(From the Sunday Morning Liturgy of Welcome: Sunday 10:30 AM at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 678 Portola Drive, SF - near Woodside).
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