Sojo Sunday Service: Nevertheless She Persisted
October 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Issues of gender equality and sexuality manifest themselves in a variety of ways and in all cultures. This Sunday we will explore the ways in which women are depicted, treated and leading in the world’s religious traditions.
To get the ball rolling, here is a partial list of bold in the Bible. Please feel free to add the names and stories of other such women found in the texts of the world’s faith traditions in the comments below.
Shiphrah and Puah
Midwives committing acts of civil disobedience
Judge, warrior and prophet you predicted the defeat of the Canaanites – by one bad ass woman, Jael.
Prophet comfortable speaking truth directly to the religious authorities of the day.
Left her own people, lost everything, loyal even when mama-in-law bid her go.
Sexually harassed by creepy, spying elders. Being a tough as nails woman, she refuses their advances and refuses to be blackmailed. Gets arrested and sentenced to death. Found innocent.
Risked her life, and lost her marriage because she refused to be treated like property by the king.
Being a shrewd, cunning and patient woman, took on most powerful men in the region and prevented genocide of her people.
Pretended to be a prostitute for a dumb, horny man of power so she could have a royal rug rat. Man of power who used her, could not pay her, later orders her to be put to death for the very thing he used her for. Because she was a smart, bold woman, was able to save her life and the life of her unborn child because the asshat couldn’t even pay her for her services…
Defied societal norms to be a disciple of One who would later be executed by the state at the behest of the religious authorities.
Sassy Samaritan Woman
Spars jovially with Jesus at the well, learns something worth sharing and returns home as first evangelist in John. Preach it sister!
The Syrophoenician Woman
Talked back to Jesus who was being a bit of a xenophobe when he called her dog. Guess what Jesus said to her for her
sass? “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.”
First woman recognized as a female disciple. So beloved by her community and the other disciples, that she was snatched from the claws of death to keep on keepin’ on.
Priscilla, Lois and Phoebe
Women be silent in church? Nah – these women schooled the hell out of men and spoke truth to power.
Our focus this year will be to deepen our exploration of three great loves – self, God and neighbor. Through this shared journey, we will continue the work of Sojourners’ Fellowship to more deeply honor our authentic selves, connect gently with a loving creator and actively love our neighbors though service and striving for just world for all of creation.
As always there will be coffee, tea and baklava! You are welcome to bring a vegan or gluten free treat to share.
And remember….ALL who come in peace are welcome, including but not limited to: believers, agnostics and questioning skeptics; those of all sexual orientations and gender identities; those of all races, nationalities, classes and abilities.