Whenever I hear traditional Christian language referring to Jesus as King or Lord, my UU feminist self cringes. “Bleck,” I say. “I do not believe in systems of domination, I believe power can work in other ways.” But more context always add a different spin. In the original context of the Ancient Mediterranean world, you were only to call the Roman Emperor things like King or Lord. To refer to Jesus, a Jewish person, with these titles was a move of resistance from a colonized people. I still cringe when I hear those King and Lord terms used because our context is different today–and context means everything. But knowing this context allows me to open my heart to what I now believe is the Christian spiritual wisdom of the season: we wait, we resist, and we hope. This message is flat and meaningless, though, until we put our bodies into it.
This Sunday in worship, putting our bodies into the message is exactly what we will be doing. At the 9:30am service, we will be doing a participatory reading of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales. At the 11 am service, we will do a multigenerational pageant of Margaret Brown’s Christmas in the Barn.
Interested in more ways to put your body into “the message?” Consider participating in the Beloved Conversations program, starting Jan 30 and 31st in Fresno. This is an experiential and evocative curriculum that provides a container for exploring the spiritual and intellectual dimensions of racism in our lives. You do this kick-off workshop hosted by the UUs in Fresno, led by Rev Dr. Mark Hicks and then we will do a series of small group ministry sessions here at UUFSC delving deeper with one another. I participated in this program last year and thought it was really great. We need at least 4 -6 folks to participate. Questions? Please ask me! And the Fresno UU folks will offer attendees home hospitality on Friday night.