Hello PV4J friends- the June 2015 e-issue of Network News is here… fifty pages of opportunities, programs, projects, and think pieces featuring our denomination’s conference centers and happenings all across the PCUSA. Who says mainstream Christianity is dead? It is certainly thriving in the PCUSA.
Looking for a great opportunity this summer? Check out this workshop: two fabulous locations, three amazing leaders…
Womanist/Mujerista/Feminist Liturgies for Transforming Churches
Instructors: Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock (Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School), Sylvia Thorson-Smith (retired from teaching at Grinnell College and co-editor of "Body and Soul: Rethinking Sexuality as Justice-Love"), and Rev. Dr. Alisha Lola Jones (Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington)
Dates & Times: July 6-10, 1:30 - 5:30pm
Credits: 1.5 academic credits / 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours)
Course Number: TBD
Description: It’s time for women to create more new art, music, and liturgies that will transform our churches! Effective worship is crucial to social transformation, and participants will use their experiences of multiple cultural forms, their particular talents, and the ideas of womanist/mujerista/feminist thinkers and researchers to create new liturgical resources for church life. These resources will reflect the liberative work of diverse women and men, with attention to different generations--including music, prayers, poems, visual arts, litanies, and sermon ideas, as well as being informed by the history, context, and theologies of diverse early Christian spiritual practices based in life-affirming, this-worldly, communitarian ideas.
With opportunities to work individually and in groups, the seminar will create liturgical resources that offer transformation of Christian worship beyond traditional forms. Special attention will be given to how differences in race, age, class, sexuality, ethnicity, abilities, and gender inform theology and biblical interpretation and inspire creativity -- particularly in the spheres of new art forms and rituals.
In creating resources for worship, the seminar will focus on the lectionary texts for Lent 2016. Participants will be able to discuss insights and offer creative work at an open forum that the class will offer to the community and make them available online. Registration opens April 13 at psr.edu/summer.
The Mission of Presbyterian Voices for Justice
We are a playful and passionate community
of women and men in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
who are called to proclaim the Gospel vision
of God’s extravagant love and justice
in church and society.
We seek the wisdom of the Spirit for following Christ’s example
and for living into the hope of sustained gender equality,
racial reconciliation, full human rights for LGBT persons,
economic justice, environmental wholeness,
an end to war and all forms of violence,
and a justice-loving shalom over all the earth.
We commit to risking the transformation of our own selves
and our organization
to live into this vision,
even as we invite both church and society
to meet this challenge.
Presbyterian Voices for Justice is the result of a merger between the Witherspoon Society and Voices of Sophia.
For histories of the two predecessor groups, click HERE.
Let your voice be heard!