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Sunday May 15, 2022
Worship 10:00 am
Sermon: Unleashing Thunder
Preaching: Julia Burkey
This is the second of three sermons focused on non-canonical texts from the early Jesus following movement, to help us understand the diversity of belief and also recover some of the inclusion of female leadership and the divine feminine that became suppressed within Christianity. Last week we heard from The Acts of Paul and Thecla, this Sunday we hear The Thunder: Perfect mind, and on May 22nd we will hear from the Gospel of Mary. These texts matters to us especially now, because to this day some claim to have authority over women’s bodies (as well as LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC bodies) in the name of Christianity. We don’t need to go outside of our Bible to find empowering stories from those on the margins. Yet perhaps reading these non-canonical texts alongside the Bible can help us all discover fresh spiritual resources as well as ways to talk about female bodily autonomy and empowerment of those on the margins from within our own tradition.
Lay Liturgist: Karen Falkner & readers
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9am Social Justice Programming
Justice at the Intersections – Wisconsin Council of Churches
Rev. Kerri Parker & Rev. Peder Johanson
ORUCC’s own Kerri Parker is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, which has grown to have a nationwide audience in the past few years. She will share information about the wider church’s work for justice through an ecumenical lens. The Wisconsin Council of Churches connects churches from 21 different denominations with a commitment to courage, justice, and holy imagination. Their justice commitments are wide-ranging and include racial equity and immigration justice, poverty and economic justice, addressing violence and extremism, faith and democracy, community health. She’ll be joined by Rev. Peder Johanson, the Council’s Volunteer Coordinator for Afghan Refugee Response, who will share the current status of refugee resettlement in Wisconsin, and opportunities to get involved. We’ll do our best to leave time for questions and responses – and both presenters will have contact information available for followups. In-person, masked please.