THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION

The theological reflection this month is from Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper


LEARN

Choose one or more of the following:

READ

WATCH

LISTEN

  • The truth about Juneteenth (12:48) June 19th is traditionally embraced as the day in 1863 when slaves in Texas learned they'd been freed. But historian Hari Jones, Assistant Director of the African-American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C., says many are misinformed about the true significance of the holiday.

  • Audre Lorde Reads Her Poems (55:33) A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.


NOTICE

  • How do your local library and city programs honor Juneteenth?  Is there a Juneteenth celebration in your community? If so, who are the majority of attendees? If there is not a Juneteenth celebration in your community, do you think there should be?

  • Are issues affecting LGBTQ+ people of color discussed in your community?


ENGAGE

  • Brainstorm with your family, or congregation on how your community can honor the freeing of enslaved Africans in America in 1863.

  • How is PRIDE month celebrated in your community? Are there any resources or special gatherings for people of color? Is there a parade or other activities you can participate in?


REFLECT

  • What stood out to you the most?

  • How are you feeling?

  • What action will you take?

  • Who in your family/community may want to take action with you?


PRAY

Holy God, like clay in the hands of the potter, you shape our lives and bring us into being, each of us, creative expressions of your Divine intention. We are people of beauty. We are people born from love.  We are people who believe justice shall come. We believe we are part of Your dream – for the flourishing of all life.  Bless us with confidence as we go forth this day to follow Christ. Amen.

- Adapted from enfleshed, September 8, 2019 liturgy notes