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Disruptive Worship: Creating communal rites that poke, prod and move people to work for God’s justice

Fri 11 AM | River

Disrupt Worship Project

TL;DR Come learn about creating liturgy that moves people to work for justice. Every week, Christians gather together to worship, joining together in rites and rituals that praise, lament, inspire and connect. For many congregations, those words are the same week in and week out, providing comfort in the familiarity but also creating complacency (and all too often these words reinforce white supremacy, patriarchy, heteronormativity, etc). We believe liturgy can be used as a tool to gently (or not so gently) agitate congregations to move from complacency into action for justice. We will have a discussion about the ways we create prayers, rites other liturgical pieces based on the words of our traditions and scripture, the importance of lifting up voices not often heard in mainline traditions, and invite participants to create liturgy for an upcoming Sunday based on the readings in the Revised Common Lectionary.

Elizabeth Rawlings

Rev. Elizabeth Rawlings (she/her) is the ELCA pastor at The Sanctuary, The Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry to The University of Washington. She writes both liturgy and commentary for The Disrupt Worship Project and is active in anti-racism work wherever she lands. She is also currently investigating how to create more rites and rituals (public and private) to help people remember their innate connection to the Holy Spirit. A native Clevelander, she has moved around a lot and currently considers Seattle home (though her heart will always live in Cleveland). Elizabeth has a BA from Warren Wilson College, attended both The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary for her M. Div, and also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University. She hikes less than she wishes she did, plays more video games than she would like, and is the punkest hippie you will ever meet.

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Ray J Gentry IV

Ray (he/him/his) is a lay person with a passion for ministry. Writing and occasional preaching led to being High School Ministry Director (not a great fit) and a Band-Led Worship Director (a good fit). Worship planning renewed his passion for liturgy and inspired him to co-create the Disrupt Worship Project. He is a new resident of Omaha, NE.

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Lenny Duncan

Lenny Duncan (he/him) is a follower of Jesus Christ and is in a passionate love affair with Grace. He is the pastor of Jehu’s Table (ELCA.) Jehu’s Table is centered as an African Descent ministry in the heart of Brooklyn, but offers solace and refuge to all marginalized peoples including our LGBTQ siblings. Lenny believes scripture is the story of a gracious God who has liberated oppressed peoples throughout human history. That same God’s son was lynched for loving us. That Jesus died because of sin, not because of your sin. He views scripture through the lens of African Descent culture. That our LGBTQ+siblings in Christ are Holy. That justice is God’s love in the public. Lenny’s first stint at directing was with Ankosfilms and culminated in the two-part documentary “Do Black Churches Matter in the ELCA?His next film that he is co directing is “Young, Gifted and Black in the ELCA”. Lenny has just signed a book contract with Fortress Press for his new book “Dear Church” which will be available summer of 2019

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