Friday, August 18, 2006

A Truly "Ablaze!(tm)" Congregation

Dear friends, this is where feminism in the Church ends up - a rejection of the Holy Trinity and a return to idolatry. The Serpent is still asking: "Did God really say...?"

Let this serve as a warning to "Lutherans" (and other traditional and Scriptural Christians who have abandoned tradition and Scripture) who dabble in feminism and surrender to the popular culture. Notice the emphases on non-traditional worship and open "communion" in addition to the more obvious self-obsession with the feminine sex.

This is where the Missouri Synod is headed unless we stop trying to figure out ways to weasel around our own confessions. Let this serve as Marley warning Scrooge about the unholy "Ghost of Christless Future" unless we repent. We need to heed Jesus' first sermon in Mark's Gospel (1:15).

Here is a description of this video in this "pastor's" own words...

Her Church is a diverse community, standing firmly within the Christian tradition in order to re-image the divine by claiming her feminine persona in thealogy, liturgy, church structure, art, language, practices, leadership, and acts of justice. Challenging the church's restricted language of the past, we pay special attention to images and metaphors that attempt to embrace divine fullness and that offer a witness of holy nurture and inclusive justice, both to the church and to the world.

A new form of church is happening at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 678 Portola Drive in San Francisco. Gather at 10:30 AM Sundays for a lively, engaging, thoroughly inclusive and feminist service of worship. Led by Pastor Stacy Boorn, the liturgy features images and metaphors that will enlarge understanding of and connection with the sacred. Music and readings further reflect this commitment to reclaiming the feminine persona of the divine. Come as you are you'll find hope, healing, and community. All are welcome at this table! Worship Sunday mornings at 10:30

Our Christian/Lutheran feminist prayers and liturgy reach back into the storehouse of tradition to bring forth names as Mother, Shaddai, Sophia, Womb, Midwife, Shekinah, She Who Is. They do so out of renewed insights into the nature of the Gospel!

Let your relationship with the Divine be opened and expanded


Der Bettler said...

I just threw up a little in my mouth. This is exactly why I left the ELCA.

cheryl said...

The irony is, is that this sort of thinking far from liberating the female component in theology, actually distroys it. The Church, not God is that female component. By God being female, it takes feminity away from the Church (The Church will cease to be feminine, and will at the most simply be androgynous). And as such, the female role in salvation becomes null and void.

God, revealing Himself in male terms, and the Church in female terms is meant to convey something about salvation, how it works, and how God relates to us, and how we are to relate to Him. You can't screw with that male-female dynamic without totally underminding the soteriology it is meant to convey.

Michael Dwyer said...

I am amazed that the ELCA tolerates this, as it directly contradicts their own self understanding.

The Bishop must be afraid to intervene. Toobad because that is precisley the Bishop's job.