Along with a group of clergy colleagues I am reading the book “Down Girl, The Logic of Misogyny” by Kate Manne. The book begins with stories about violence against women but then moves into a philosophical discussion and assessment of sexism and misogyny with some commentary on misogynoir (misogyny directed to women of color). It is an extremely thought provoking book, and I am only part way through the book.
So, with this narrative in mind, I have many thoughts about the reading in Luke today about Martha and Mary and values of patriarchal society that informs how both women and men view the dominant role of men and the role of women to nurture and coddle men. It is a worldview that can pit women against women, influenced by who is being the “good” girl according to this ideology and who is not. Is Martha the good woman? Or is Mary? Or, are they each within a view that clashes a patriarchal norm with a changing paradigm?
Well, maybe the paradigm was not changing that much 2000 years ago. Or maybe, as Jesus influenced those around him, it was changing just that radically? We’ll never really know. The point I’d make is that with God all things are being made new and the challenges to change with in fact change everything. In time.
I am actually working with the summer series, Unraveled from A Sactified Art. This summer series includes 12 scripture readings combined with art and meditations on how to search for God when everything we know is unraveling. It’s been a compelling series for us thus far as I have replaced the RCL first reading with the designated reading for Unraveled. I am also doing sermon dialogue time and the conversations we are having as a congregation are insightful as we end up making connections between the readings and the issues in our world today, such as the deep concerns we have about the separation of families at the Mexico/US border and the subsequent caging of children and adults and deprivation of basic needs.
So where will we go this Sunday? I can only imagine, but I expect it will be provocative.
What about you? What text are you focusing on? And what is God calling out in you? This is the 11th Hour Preacher Party and we are here to journey with you as you prepare to feed your people with the living Word of God.
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a parish in Dearborn, Michigan. She’s been a member of RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice.
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