A strange form of feminism has swept the nation and has even invaded sects of Christianity in the way of goddess worship. The Golden Gate City is home to Grace Cathedral, an Episcopal Church that touts a progressive theology.
On April 23rd the Cathedral is holding a “Beyoncé mass” in which they plan to sing her songs in worship before a service.
Their website promotes the event as “Beyoncé? At church? That’s right!”
“Come to The Vine SF to sing your Beyoncé favorites and discover how her art opens a window into the lives of the marginalized and forgotten — particularly black females. We’ll be hearing an incredible message from Rev. Yolanda Norton, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary. This special service was created in partnership with the Bible class at SFTS.”
Beyoncé’s racially charged music is entirely unrelated to the real purpose of Christian worship, and there are multiple occurrences of Beyoncé’s performances being filled with goddess worship.
The most recent one being Coachella 2018 where Beyoncé performed dressed as the Egyptian queen Nefertiti.
Rev. Jude Harmon, the founding pastor of the Vine and director of innovative ministry for Grace Cathedral, said that plans for the service were made long before Beyoncé’s Coachella appearance.
“I know there are people who will say using Beyoncé is just a cheap way of trying to get people in the church,” Harmon said. “But Jesus used very provocative images in the stories he would tell to incite people to ask hard questions about their own religious assumptions. He regularly provoked. We’re following in the way of Jesus.”
Along the same lines as Coachella, at the 59th Grammy Awards, Beyoncé presented herself as a mother goddess and “invoked multiracial goddesses–from the Yoruba orisha Oshun to Hindi goddess Kali to the Catholic Black Madonna–and heralded the divine beauty and aura of black motherhood.” Regardless of what was invoked during her performance, Beyoncé enshrined herself once again as an idol to be worshipped.
Harper’s Bazaar described the performance as a “spectacle of divine black motherhood, in a culture that values Judeo-Christian patriarchal gods, featured Beyoncé at her most subversive and transgressive in her feminist views.”
All of this leads us to question of what the Vine is worshipping, is it the ‘divine black motherhood’ Harper’s Bazaar speaks of?
The Beyoncé Mass is part of a three-part series the Vine is hosting at the Nob Hill church that started with a program on Mary Magdalene called “The Original Nasty Woman.”
The Vine disturbingly equates Mary Magdalene to Hillary Clinton saying “strong, smart women being insulted and marginalized by agents of patriarchy is as old as time.” The church claims that if Mary Magdalene were here today, she would be “wearing a pink hat and marching with all who wear that epithet, ‘nasty woman,’ as a badge of honor.”
This series isn’t the only feminist ideology surrounding this cathedral. Weekly, the church is transformed into a labyrinth on which the members do yoga in front of a statue of Mary with her arms open for an embrace, see the image below.
The Catholic church is known for turning Mary into an idol to be worshipped, but rarely do we see it taken as far as this Episcopal church has taken it. Their promotional for the Beyoncé Mass says it will focus on the marginalization of black females, the previous event in the series says that Mary Magdalene was the “original nasty woman,” and members of the church do yoga in front of a Mary statue. This deceptive technique is drawing people away from Jesus Christ and toward the mother goddess worship of other religions.
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Grace Cathedral. “Beyoncé Mass.” Beyoncé? At church? That’s right!. . (2018): . . http://bit.ly/2JXkztk
Aidin Vaziri. “ Beyoncé Mass offers religion with a pop beat at Grace Cathedral.” SFGate. . (2018): . . http://bit.ly/2HbGGhA
Yoga on the Labyrinth . “.” Facebook. . (2018): . . http://bit.ly/2qGSw9b