The Landscape of Liturgy: Protest Posters and Worship
On January 21st, a gazillion women and political companions marched on Washington. Another gazillion humans marched in cities across the U.S. and world. At every march were colorful, creative, "cut through the shit" posters.
Church of the Pilgrims was the weekend home for 60 people who came to march. Forty of those folks stayed in The Pilgrimage, our principle ministry at Church of the Pilgrims.
The Justice League of Louisville was one of those groups and left us a handful of posters to adorn our sanctuary that Sunday after the march.
Our communion table and font looked like this with the posters:
Why put up the posters?
These posters reflect Pilgrims expression of following Jesus.
Murphy Davis, my dear friend and mentor, has written:
"Our [Liberation] spirituality is a manner of life that gives unity to our thought (analysis), prayer, and action. It has to do with a way of seeing, being, understanding and interpreting. It has everything in the world to do with the language we use to describe life and reality, the choices we make, and what and whom we value.
Our spirituality is how we hammer out the meaning of our encounter with God in the particularity of our present context: here, now, in this place, with these people, in the midst of this struggle.
Putting up the posters was an expression of our context and who we are as a particular community of God's people. No posters=deafening silence for us and the experience our city (and world) had the day before.
For us, liturgy is our place to bring unity to our thought, prayer, and action.