RHM Update: September 7, 2021

Recommended Reading for September

A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church: Year W

by Wilda C. Gafney

What would it look like if women built a lectionary focusing on women’s stories?

What does it look like to tell the good news through the stories of women who are often on the margins of scripture and often set up to represent bad news? How would a lectionary centering women’s stories, chosen with womanist and feminist commitments in mind, frame the presentation of the scriptures for proclamation and teaching?

The scriptures are androcentric, male-focused, as is the lectionary that is dependent upon them. As a result, many congregants know only the biblical men’s stories told in the lectionary read in their churches. A more expansive, more inclusive lectionary will remedy that by introducing readers and hearers of scripture to “women’s stories” in the scriptures.

A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church, when completed, will be a three-year lectionary accompanied by a stand-alone single year lectionary, Year W, that covers all four gospels.


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Recent Social Jesus Blog Posts on Patheos

Articles posted each week at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/



Openness to Change (1 of 3)

“This story offers a lot to us in the context of our own blinkered ways of understanding the experiences of those different from ourselves and with whom we share this world.”


Openness to Change (2 of 3)

The story illustrates what we would call intersectionality today. Intersectionality is a way of describing the relationships between systems of oppression, domination, and discrimination . . . Intersectionality helps us that every person has a complex identity.


Openness to Change (3 of 3)

We can choose in these moments, not to get defensive, but to apologize when our own faults are pointed out, and to be humble enough and willing to embrace change.



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Worshiping in Vain (Part 1 of 3)

“Throughout history Christians have used the label of Pharisee as a disparaging or derogatory title very carelessly and in very antisemitic ways. Some Christians continue to do so today. We can do better.”


Worshiping in Vain (Part 2 of 3)

These characters are used in Mark not to pit Christians against Jews, but to help us understand classism within the Jesus stories and the conflict between upper classes (the elites) and the lower classes (the marginalized).


Worshiping in Vain (Part 3 of 3)

“We’re not saying that we can retrospectively make Jesus a critical race theorist because he was not that, and he wasn’t even really talking about that. But we today can build on his individualist critique and ask if there is something here that can also be applied to our social systems today.”




Universal Love Means Universal Thriving (Part 1 of 3)

Christianity has a long history of harmfully categorizing things of “the flesh” as evil and things of the “spirit” as good.


Universal Love Means Universal Thriving (Part 2 of 3)

“This definition brings to my mind Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount, the economic justice found throughout the entire gospel of Luke, and the repeated challenge to the political status quo through stories full of political symbols and meaning, in Mark.”


Universal Love Means Universal Thriving (Part 3 of 3)

Love and justice are connected in the gospels. Proclaiming love, specifically a universal love of which everyone is the object, and embracing the directive to practice that love for every one of our neighbors, will necessarily move us to make sure every person around us has what they need to thrive.



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