As the free and wild winds of Pentecost blow, we will begin a new series together May 20 – June 24. You might have noticed by now that the way we talk about what it means to be Christian doesn’t necessarily sound like most churches in America. For the last several decades now, Calvary, along with many progressive churches in America, has been shaped by a powerful stream in the Christian tradition called liberation theology. Liberation theology places the experiences and insights of the dispossessed, the poor, and the violated in society at the center of theology and makes the bold claim that it is within these experiences that we can see most clearly the heart, or the moral center, of the Christian tradition. Liberation theology invites us to consider long-held concepts like “salvation,” “worship,” and “faith” in ways that free them from Eurocentric definitions that have held them captive for hundreds of years now. It’s messy work. But it’s also…wait for it…liberating work, too.
During this series, we will be singing Latinx, Historic Black Church songs of praise, while also learning Justice Songs together, many of them from a beautiful resource entitled the “Justice Choir Songbook.” Songs that we think help liberate our imaginations and theology. We’re going to be starting with multicultural and bilingual praise songs each Sunday morning right at 11:00 a.m. We hope that it can be energizing and educational. But, in order for that to happen, we need a critical mass of folks ready for worship as we begin. Do all you can to be on time!