Liberating Liturgies: Anselm of Canterbury, and Jesus Our Mother

Today's Liberating Liturgy comes from an interesting source: Anselm of Canterbury, a monk who lived from 1033-1109 C.E.  I found this Liberating Liturgy quoted in She Who Is, by Elizabeth A. Johnson (pg 151--emphasis mine): But you too, good Jesus, are you not also a mother?Are you not a mother who like a hen gathers her chicks beneath her wings? ....And you, my soul, dead in yourself,run under the wings of Jesus your motherand lament your griefs under his feathers.Ask that y … [Read more...]

Liberating Liturgies: Down On the Corner (A Guest Post By KP)

Today's Liberating Liturgy post comes from KP. They decided not to write their own liturgy, but to share with us a story told by a Jewish rabbi, and to rethink some classical Catholic liturgy. I found their perspective so important, and I know you'll enjoy it as well.   KP lectures on Japanese lore, culture, and comparative religion. Help them continue their work at Crowdrise. _____A Jewish story of the rabbis – this one of Simcha Bunim Bonhart – tells that everyone must have two p … [Read more...]

Liberating Liturgies: Why Mother Bear?

I recently shared a post called "A Creed And A Call," in which I shared my rewritten Apostles' Creed, and then called for others to submit their own Liberating Liturgies--either liturgies that empower you, liturgies that you've rewritten to make them empowering, or empowering liturgies that you've written yourself!I didn't have room in that last post to do much commentary on my Apostles' Creed, and I got several questions about it: Who is Sophia? Why Mother Bear? I'd like to take some time … [Read more...]

On John Shore’s Allyship: A Guest Post

Some background information:Recently, fellow Patheos blogger John Shore wrote a post dismissing all of his critics--from the homophobic/transphobic conservatives, to some of the actual LGBTQ+ people he claims to be be an ally to--claiming that God is on his side. As a queer person who has had problems with Shore's writing in the past, I was frustrated to see Shore lump criticisms from LGBTQ people in with criticisms from bigots, and flippantly dismiss them. I was especially frustrated with … [Read more...]

Liberating Liturgies: A Creed and a Call

A Creed... Recently, while at work, I was thinking about the Apostles’ Creed, and how I cannot say the words in it anymore and actually mean them. So, when I got home from work, I sat down and rewrote it. I decided to share my rewritten creed on Facebook. I’d already rewritten and shared a few Bible verses in a similar manner, and my friend Rod asked when I was going to turn these into blog posts. Well, there’s no time like the present. Here’s what I wrote:I believe in God, our Mother Bea … [Read more...]

Kindness Is A Tool Of Empire, Too: In Which I Respond To Sarah Bessey

Recently, Travis Greene wrote a blog post about the state of the "Progressive Christian Internet." This seems to be a popular topic lately--I've already written about it myself, arguing that one of the problems with the "Progressive Christian Internet" is that we assume there actually is a homogenous group of Christian progressives on the internet who are want the same things and have the same goals.Greene's piece alerted me to another piece that appears to be on this same topic, written by S … [Read more...]

Purity Culture Doesn’t Want Men To Stop Getting Sex: It Wants Women To Stop Getting Power

Yesterday, I stumbled across an interesting blog post by David Murrow of "Church For Men." Interesting in that it is revealing of the way Christian purity culture operates.Purity Culture claims to be an anti-sex movement, but it's really not. As I've pointed out before, in purity culture is often all about marriage. Just take a gander at Mark Driscoll's infamous "Can We ____?" chapter of his book Real Marriage wherein he extols the virtues of marital sex--even oral sex, anal sex, and … [Read more...]

No, We’re Not All On The Same Side

"Why are you arguing with me? We're on the same side!" I've heard this a lot, from so many different groups--from feminists, from Christians, from progressives/liberals, and from LGBTQ circles.It's often accompanied by similar phrases like, "Let's focus on the real enemy here," and "We're wasting our energy infighting!"It's interesting how many people from how many different groups assume I'm on "their side."I don't like this phrase.I don't think everyone who uses it has ma … [Read more...]

“Made Up, But Also True:” A Theology of “The Lego Movie”

I have a weird relationship with the Bible.I grew up, as most Christian fundamentalists did, believing the Bible was literal. That every word was true. That every story actually happened. That if the Bible wasn't literally true, then there'd be no reason to be a Christian.So, when I went off to a state college and took history and science classes that convinced me that the Genesis stories weren't scientifically accurate, and that several of the Biblical "stories" I'd grow up with didn't m … [Read more...]

#Marissa418: White Feminists, It’s Time To Question Our Trust In The Police

Carceral feminism tells us that the state is capable of reform and pushed women to rely on state services for protection from gender violence, despite the state being the biggest perpetrator of gender violence both here and abroad. Focusing on the safety of white women has led to policies such as Stop-and-Frisk and Stand Your Ground laws that have led to criminalization of people of color. We truly can not expect a system of violence to be the solution for ending violence. Prison abolition is … [Read more...]