I was the music minister for this service of lament, created by two gifted pastors and shared here with their permission. Our evening gathering of music and prayer offered space for grief, hope, anger, and healing. I hope that other faith communities can use this order of worship as a starting place to respond liturgically to the “Me Too” movement. The act of gathering to bear witness to one another’s stories is so powerful.
Sometimes I wonder why I write inclusive-language contemplative music. Is it just a nice side project? No: it is profoundly necessary, a tool for survival and healing. May all of us continue to dismantle the patriarchy by creating poetry, art, and music that celebrate consent, cooperative power, and liberation. In doing so, we partner with the divine.
I love ritual design, so feel free to get in touch if you want to have a conversation about how to adapt this service for your particular community.