Liturgy

Liturgy is where we publicly explore the multi-faceted and creative faith expressions of worship within the PAAC community. Here, we will have everything from theological musings and visual/mixed-media artist reflections, to poetry and fiction stories to ponder, dream, and reimagine how we can communally respond to the world around us.

Lent Week 5: For we were strangers

Source: Kimberly Mark “They need to wait in line. Go through the proper channels. If I had to, they should, too.”“They’re taking our jobs. They’re taking advantage of our welfare system.”“They could be spies, terrorists, gangsters.” For I was hungry and you gave me...

Lent Week 4: Beautiful and Holy

Source: Unsplash [CW: ableism, mental health] “How are you?”“I’m fine!” I rehearsed the words, over and over. I needed to convince my friends that I was just fine. I didn’t want them to know that I’d just spent the last 3 months crying nonstop, or that passive...

Lent Week 3: Batsheva, Empire Builder

Lent Week 3: Batsheva, Empire Builder

The Dowager Queen had many threats in court, but 13-year-old Heo Yeon Woo was the biggest one of all. She had captured the heart of the Crown Prince, Lee Hwon, and if let alone would grow into the most powerful woman in the land. Her father, the head scholar, and the...

Lent Week 2: Queer Communion: A Liturgy

Lent Week 2: Queer Communion: A Liturgy

The Word of God Celebrant: Blessed be God: Parent, Caregiver, Child, Friend, Holy Spirit of Wisdom; multiple identities, yet one person. People: And blessed be their kin-dom, as we look to the future, but most importantly, here, in this moment.  Celebrant:...

Lent Week 1: Have mercy on me, a sinner.

Lent Week 1: Have mercy on me, a sinner.

Confession time. When the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” was released in theaters, I wasn’t really excited. I waited nearly a year from its release to watch it on my laptop, and when I did, I didn’t last long. I closed the laptop screen when I finally saw my kind of Asian...

Lent Week 1: To Crucify Our Flesh

Source: Unsplash Reading: Galatians 5:13-26 In his sermon for the first Sunday of Lent, Augustine of Hippo preached, “It seems fitting that we, who are about to honor the Passion of our crucified Lord in the very near future, should fashion for ourselves a cross of...

From Revelation to Revolution: Lent 2020

From Revelation to Revolution: Lent 2020

Liberation is a praxis: the action and reflection of [people] upon their world in order to transform it.- Paulo Freire My faith changed the moment I learned that Jesus’ purpose on earth was to overturn systems of oppression. There was no way around this revolutionary...

Behold, darkness

Behold, darkness

Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. While we remember the visit of the Magi, I am struck by the very end of our Gospel reading: “And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.” The Magi have an encounter with God Incarnate—and then leave. I wonder what encountering the divine means for those of us who cannot leave our circumstances. I think of my family in Hong Kong who have been living in a state of heightened social unrest for the past seven months.

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