‘Beyonce Mass’ to be Held in Grace Cathedral: Which of the Seven Signs is This?

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Fact is, the Church is just as responsible – if not more – for the declining culture. After all, it’s kinda their job. But this is nutty: The Grace Cathedral will be holding a “Beyonce Mass” in San Francisco.

Holy Schnikies.

As far as know, God doesn’t give a flying rat’s butt what your skin color is – and it’s entirely possible that JC had quite brown skin, due to the area He was born and raised in – but no matter; Grace Cathedral’s Episcopalians will be “using the pop icon’s music to celebrate black female spirituality.”

God, please just take me now.

This isn’t insignificant – It’s is the third largest Episcopal cathedral in the country and this is their Goddess:

Nice panty shot there preacher.

Beyonce Mass congregants “will sing some of the performer’s top songs and hear Scripture read by women of color.” The sermon will be delivered by Rev. Yolanda Norton, an assistant professor of Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Norton also teaches a course called “Beyonce and the Bible,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Norton said her class did a version of this Mass at SFTS during Black History Month, using various aspects of Beyonce’s music to “center Black women as beings created in the image of God, to name our struggles, and affirm our Christian witness.” She said the expanded version of the service planned at Grace Cathedral will have the same goals ― to talk about God, faith and justice.

The Vine SF at Grace Cathedral invites parishioners “to sing your Beyonce favorites and discover how her art opens a window into the lives of marginalized and forgotten — particularly black females.” In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Rev. Jude Harmon, founding pastor of the Vine, said: “The beauty of Beyonce’s music is she explores those themes in an idiom that is accessible to everyone. We can use it as a conversation starter. That’s what it’s designed to be.”

Harmon also pointed out that 2018 has seen “so much conversation about the role of women and communities of color, we felt a need to lift up the voices that the church has traditionally suppressed.” Harmon also serves as the director of innovative ministry for Grace Cathedral. The Beyonce Mass is part of three-part series the Vine is hosting at the Nob Hill church that started with a program on Mary Magdalene called “The Original Nasty Woman.”

“She uses the life, persona and music of Beyonce as a medium to explore black female sexuality and motherhood, as well as stigmas created around black women,” according to the Huffington Post. This takes identity politics to a whole new, wacky, racist level. Beyonce has begun making more explicit references to female spirituality in her music and in her public persona. During her Grammy performance last year, she incorporated imagery from African, Hindu and Roman goddesses. She has a God complex and people are feeding into her narcissism.

For die-hard fans, the words “worship” and “Beyonce” have gone together for years. Beyonce set Instagram on fire with a portrait of her holding her newborn twins, draped in a veil and flowing robes. The image provoked comparisons to the Virgin Mary, who for centuries has been represented as a white woman in Western art. Beyonce’s portrait challenged the association of Mary, often seen as the ideal feminine figure, with whiteness. Christians find Beyonce’s comparison to be blasphemous.

 

Beyonce made history when she became the first black woman to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. After a high-energy, two-hour performance filled with guest stars, drum lines and tributes to African American culture, people lost their ever-loving minds over her. “I saw it with my own two eyes. Beyonce is the greatest entertainer to ever live and the Queen of Music,” tweeted Chance the Rapper. Her Coachella set became the most-viewed live performance on YouTube in the festival’s history, with 458,000 simultaneous global viewers at its peak. The Huffington Post said that Beyonce is increasingly adding spiritual symbolism to her line-up.

“I know there are people who will say using Beyonce is just a cheap way of trying to get people in the church, but Jesus used very provocative images in the stories he would tell to incite people to ask hard questions about their own religious assumptions. He regularly provoked. We’re following in the way of Jesus,” said Rev. Jude Harmon.

Harmon pointed to how Jesus used ordinary stories to preach the gospel ― parables about vineyards, day laborers, stewards, and other figures that would have been familiar to his audience. He said the upcoming Mass uses a familiar part of modern culture ― Beyonce lyrics ― in the same way. “Conservative Christians see a high wall separating the Church from the world; Progressive Christians do not,” Harmon told HuffPost in an email. He said the Mass seeks to elevate the experiences of black women. “The sad truth is that dominantly White churches, and even many traditional Black churches, have historically not done a good job of elevating and celebrating Black female voices,” Harmon said. “This isn’t just an oversight; in the language of our Christian faith, it’s a sin, and we’re called to repent.”

So now, we are called to worship black female, twerking pop stars. How religion has evolved.

 

SOURCES:  NBC Bay Area, NewsBusters, Essence, GetReligion, The Grio, Ebony,

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