How Are We Doing A Subversive Liturgy?

Part 7 of 7
 

The truth is that we're still figuring that out.

We have a Facebook group for hashing out logistics, a spreadsheet where people sign up to build the memorial to JR, and a team of liturgists who write services--sometimes. Sometimes we put the word out to the general public. Sometimes we don't. Sometimes we have an hour-long service printed, with songs and written prayers. Sometimes we don't. Sometimes there is a lot to say and pray. Sometimes there isn't.

We're still asking the questions: Will JR remain the center of this protest, or is there room for more injustices to lament? Will we continue to use candles? Are we being disruptive enough? Since we're already an interfaith gathering, how do we do that well?

It's kind of messy, and I think that's a good thing.

So, the nuts and bolts question is one that's difficult to answer.

At the same time, I have long observed that the power of this meeting is in the community itself: in collaborating to organize, and in bodies gathered at the police station. How are we doing A Subversive Liturgy? Together. That is the thing that makes this work. This is not about any one charismatic leader. There is a community here, gathered around something bigger than each individual. In all that we do, there is constant conversation and collaboration.

That's all I know: that this thing isn't what it is without the people sharing with one another. Sharing is the heart of this movement. Our first meeting after Advent comes to mind. One of our group, Mitch, just volunteered to lead that liturgy, by posting in our Facebook group, and came with a short devotional from Paul's letter to the Colossians. The heart of each gathering is the "Prayers of the People", all other things in the service lead to that moment where each person prays what is in their heart. We'll be meeting soon to talk about how make this faithfulness sustainable throughout 2017. That's how we do a subversive liturgy: together.