Equal Rites

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This much-needed collection of worship services, ceremonies, and celebrations is attuned to the unique needs of sexual minoritites. The rites, written primarily by lesbians and gay men, include liturgies of spiritual beginnings, healing, blessings, holy communion, and pride and enpowerment. Also included are funeral and memorial services, seasonal and holiday rites, and covenant rites for couples. More than a collection, Equal Rites is also a reference book for creating unique and meaningful worship services that...
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Overview

This much-needed collection of worship services, ceremonies, and celebrations is attuned to the unique needs of sexual minoritites. The rites, written primarily by lesbians and gay men, include liturgies of spiritual beginnings, healing, blessings, holy communion, and pride and enpowerment. Also included are funeral and memorial services, seasonal and holiday rites, and covenant rites for couples. More than a collection, Equal Rites is also a reference book for creating unique and meaningful worship services that address significant aspects of lesbian and gay spirituality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664255350
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 0.43 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Kittredge Cherry is a Christian author, minister, and art historian. The author of numerous books, her work has also appeared in Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. She blogs at JesusInLove.org.

Zalmon Sherwood is an Episcopal priest, and has worked as a church musician, parish priest, and prison chaplain.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Rites to Mark Spiritual Beginnings 1
Coming Out: Coming Home 2
A Coming-Out Liturgy 7
Coming-Out Rite: I Acknowledge My Queer Identity 9
Rite of Welcome 12
Christian Baptismal Covenant Liturgy: A Celebration of the Feminine Divine 13
Rebaptism: A Transforming Time 16
Baptismal Liturgy 18
The Mixing of Our Earth: A Ritual for Creating Community 21
2 Rites of Healing 24
Invocation of Remembrance, Healing, and Empowerment in a Time of AIDS 25
A Healing Service 27
Rite of Healing from Life-Threatening Disease 29
A Litany for Dialogue among People with Different Sexual Orientations 32
Rite of Healing from Lesbian/Gay Bashing 34
Rite of Healing from Rape 36
Litany of Affirmation 38
Ceremony of Dissolution 39
3 Funerals and Memorial Services 43
Telling Love's Story: Remembering and Responding to AIDS 44
Litany for the AIDS Crisis 49
Community Memorial Service 50
Graveside Service for a Gay Man Who Has Died Young 52
Funeral for a Lesbian Activist: Celebrating the Life of N. 54
Yom HaShoah: Day of Remembering the Holocaust 56
4 Rites of Blessing 60
Home Blessing 61
Animal Blessing Service 62
Rite of Blessing: For the Dedication of New Hymnals 67
Motorcycle Blessing: The Blessing of the Bikes 69
5 Seasonal and Holiday Rites 72
Thanksgiving Rite 73
Rite for Advent 76
Rite for Lent 80
Rediscovering God as Father 83
Maundy Thursday Service of Foot Washing 85
6 Covenant Rites for Couples 89
A Celebration of Love and Commitment 90
A Sample Service of Holy Union Based on the Tradition of Kwanzaa 94
Celebration and Blessing of a Covenanted Union 100
Covenant Rite 104
The Wedding: A Demonstration for the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Couples 106
7 Rites of Holy Communion 110
Eucharistic Prayer for the Powerless, the Oppressed, the Unusual 111
The Great Thanksgiving: A Rite Based on the Song of Mary 113
Dignity/USA Convention Eucharist 1991 115
The Desert Experience 119
Earth Communion 123
8 Rites of Lesbian/Gay Pride and Empowerment 127
Invocation for All Saints' Day 128
A Celebration of Lesbian and Gay Pride 129
A Rite of Commissioning for Lesbian/Gay Pride Celebrations 133
Christian Affirmations of Lesbians and Gay Men: A Service in the Taize Style 134
Litany of Justice 137
Litany for Divine Intervention 140
A Service of Worship for Empowerment 144
What Is Church? 151
A Prayer 158
Contributors 159
Appendix: National Lesbian/Gay Christian Organizations 165
Selected Bibliography 167
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