Racial Justice & Healing: Liturgy
I found the Episcopal church as a teenager, after leaving a tradition that did not affirm or celebrate women in leadership or LGBTQ people. From that point on I slowly fell in love with our liturgical tradition: the rhythm; the foundation that we do not all need to believe the same things, but we need to pray together; and how if we are open to the Holy Spirit, God can shape our lives through worship.
Liturgy is essential to who we are as Episcopalians – shaping who we are as followers of Jesus, and essential to racial justice and healing work. In both liturgy and racial justice and healing work we gather in the Lord’s name. We proclaim and respond to the word of God. We confess and pray. We exchange the Peace. We prepare the table, make Eucharist, break bread, and share the gifts of God. Like all of our faith journeys as followers of Jesus, we do these Holy actions again and again because we never arrive. Instead, we return to worship over and over again to be near God and be formed to continue imperfectly to do this good, hard work.
This weekend at the racial justice and healing retreat, we will explore what these faithful actions of look like. Will you gather with us?