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This Sunday's message, delivered by Lindsey Graves, sought to redefine norms with a less conventional look at a traditional creation story. The discussions made way to recognize female leaders and teachers in our community, and also make connections through solidarity, quite fitting for this month. And in order to do all these though, we must first become...feminists.
And womanists. The discussions began with our preconceived notions of what feminists and womanists are, and what comes to mind when we think of these identities, including their connotations. We learned that through asking questions, what Lindsey explains as a crucial part of feminism, and challenging the tradition of divine order, we are all feminists.
Lindsey introduced the Collective audience to feminist pioneers, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Walker, and Phyllis Trible, and asked us to think critically about a story which most of us are all too familiar with, but this time with a twist of feminist theory. The story of the biblical Adam's first wife, Lilith, made us engage the likeness with Eve, and the attributes of the two. With a feminist lens, Trible reads the creation story of Genesis 2 and 3 as affirming and welcoming to female audiences, who may have previously felt isolated by the traditional readings of the creation story.
And with these intersecting lenses, we may be able to read other biblical stories with less traditional patriarchal emphasis. In addition, by doing so, we may continue to be feminists, and keep asking the right questions.
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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