by Christy Thomas
July 31, 2021
photo above: youtube.com
WN: Woke is described by Wikipedia thus:
Woke (/ˈwoʊk/ WOHK) is a term, originating in the United States, that originally referred to awareness about racial prejudice and discrimination. It subsequently came to encompass an awareness of other issues of social inequality, for instance regarding gender and sexual orientation. Since the late 2010s, it has also been used as a general term for left-wing political movements and perspectives which emphasise the identity politics of people of color, LGBT people, and women.
The article which title I’m using raised the issue as a personal question. The author writes:
I do know I’m exceedingly aware of my privilege.
From what I am able to understand, truly being woke means speaking truth to those in power . . .
- the beautiful liturgical music (and beautifully produced!)
- the simplicity
- the all-inclusive welcome, especially to a Eucharist open to all (like the Gospel–amazing!)
- the invariably superb preaching
- the consistent elements of the worship experience from week to week
- the contributions of people of diverse ethnicities, etc.
Today–as if in response to the article–we listened to a powerful message from the Book of Joel, Chapters One and Two. Though not once was the word woke referenced–despite that the sermon was by an outstanding black pastor and poet: Drew Jackson1, of Hope East Village Church, New York–it was nonetheless about the call to wake up! Outstanding. Simple. Informed. Eloquent. Hopeful. Challenging. Memorable.
Similar adjectives could be added. See what you may think of . . .
The entire Digital Church Worship from today is below. Take heart. Take solace. Take action.Footnotes
- His new book comes out in September: God Speaks Through Wombs: Poems on God’s Unexpected Coming.