February 17, 2018: What do you make of the disparities of unevenly distributed wealth? Better yet, what does God have to say in Acts 4 about sharing everything that we have with one another, so that no one is without? What would our global community look like without hierarchies that only serve to keep the oppressed even more oppressed? Instead of power being at the top, what would it look like with, "Love on Top?" Listen as Dr. Irie shares some provocative insights that will challenge us all to do better!
February 10, 2018: The artist community knows her as Poetry Teacher, a fierce and truth-telling spoken word artist who dispenses liberation and justice through her words. Reagan Martin shared a compelling piece with us.
February 10, 2018: Many women have raised their voice in the #meToo narrative. The church, surprisingly, has been quiet. If you think sexual harassment is not happening in the church, think again. Rev. Y shares from her own experience and she urges churches to adopt a zero tolerance of sexual assault in the church. It's time to Break the Silence in the Church.
January 27, 2018: We ended our month-long series on honoring women of the Civil Rights Movement with a salute to Coretta Scott King, arguably one of the most influential and important women of our time. In an Amos text often associated with her husband, we took a tag-team preaching approach to share some thoughts on justice rolling down like mighty waters.
January 6, 2018: We begin our month-long series on honoring women in the Civil Rights Movement with a look at Pauli Murray, an activist, lawyer and the first African American woman ordained as an Episcopal Priest. Get ready to take notes as Rev. Kamilah Hall Sharp opens our series, "...if it wasn't for the women."
November 25: There are some situations that cause us to complain - and rightfully so. The psalmist does that in Psalm 10. Check out what The Rev. Dr. Irie Lynne Session has to say about the #MeToo situations that too many women have experienced.
November 25: In this week's tag-team preaching, there are times when we are in the pit, crying out to The Lord, waiting for God to answer. Maybe we just need solace because we are tired of everyone taking digs at us. Hear what Rev. Yvette Blair-Lavallais has to say about Psalm 40 as, "Her Eyes Were Watching God."
November 25: In this tag-team approach to the Psalms, Rev. Kamilah Hall Sharp explores whether or not we can still make a joyful noise in the midst of social injustices and uncertain times. She explores Psalm 100 with this thought, "Thanksgiving and Worship in Times Like These."
November 11: Women throw stones for specific reasons, just like the Unnamed Woman in Judges 9. Too often women, named and unnamed, have to fight their way in the academy, fight against job discrimination, fight against pulverizing conversations in the board rooms. When women throw stones, we are exerting our power. We throw stones in the form of resistance, of protest, of voting, of speaking up and speaking out. Of standing in places that are deemed off limits, but in places where we can bring about justice, healing, restoration. Watch and listen to what Rev. Yvette Blair-Lavallais has to say, "When Women Throw Stones."
November 4: Too often women are sacrificed at the hands of inappropriate deals. What happens to the women in our communities who lose their lives tragically at the hands of someone that they know or because of the state? What about Jepthah, a ruler and judge, who made an unrequested vow to God that he would offer up a sacrifice if God allowed him to be victorious in winning the war. Did he have to keep the vow when that meant taking the life of his one and only daughter, especially since God did not ask him to do it?
We can't let these women's stories go untold. It's up to us to, "Say Her Name." Hear the word proclaimed from the Rev. Kamilah Hall Sharp. November 4, 2017
October 28: Sometimes, you have to go back to the beginning to tell the story. That's what we did when we went to Genesis to see what the text said and didn't say (as well as, what some people have added in) about what really happened in the Garden of Eden between Eve, Adam and the serpent.
When you hear the story from Eve's perspective, based on what is in the text, it'll liberate you. So, watch this message and please, "Let's Get This Story Straight." Hear the word proclaimed from the Rev. Dr. Irie Lynne Session. October 28, 2017.