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What is Beyonce Mass Service, is this a new Religion?

theweek: Christianity may be on the decline worldwide but worshippers in the US are flocking to a groundbreaking service called Beyonce Mass. Combining progressive theology and pop music, the Mass is a celebration of God… and of former Destiny’s Child star Beyonce Knowles-Carter.

So exactly what is it?
Launched in San Francisco last year, Beyonce Mass is a Christian “womanist worship service that uses the music and personal life of Beyonce as a tool to foster an empowering conversation about black women”, according to the organisers’ website.

The Mass is making its debut in New York this week, with a Wednesday service at the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn and a Thursday event at St James Presbyterian in Harlem.

The service features black women singers, dancers and officiants along with a sermon, scripture readings and the Lord’s Supper.

And it uses Beyonce’s story and songs, from Formation to Flaws and All, to frame religious narratives – and those of black women – through a Christian lens.

“I haven’t been involved in the church for years, but stepping back into that space felt amazing,” Lydia Middleton, dean of Black Student Affairs at the Claremont Colleges in Los Angeles, told the The New York Times (NYT).

“It felt warm and inviting, and I left feeling healed. By the end of the service, people were weeping, people were joyous, people were hugging each other.”

How did it start?
Beyonce Mass grew out of a chapel service led by Reverand Yolanda Norton, chair of Black Church Studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she taught a class called “Beyonce and the Hebrew Bible”.

The course examined female-centric interpretations of the Bible and how black female identity is represented in scripture, with a focus on how Beyonce’s “personal life, career trajectory, music and public persona reflects aspects of black women’s stories”.

The first major Beyonce Mass was in April 2018, when “900 people turned out for a midweek evening church service that typically draws 50 participants at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco”, reports the NYT.

Why Beyonce?
Norton says that having Beyonce serve as the inspiration for the Mass was a personal choice as well as a scholarly one.

“As her life evolves, my life evolves,” said the 37-year-old cleric. “I can hear Beyonce songs, or Destiny’s Child songs, and know what stage of life I was in.”

The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) reports that during a Beyonce Mass service last year, Norton told the congregation: “I’ve been asked time and time again, ‘Why Beyonce?’

“I believe she reminds us that you have to do your thing your way, you don’t do it on demand, you don’t do it for your oppressor, you don’t sing when they want you to sing… you sing when God calls you to sing.”

The concept has been applauded by Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at New York City’s Union Theological Seminary, where Norton is currently a scholar in residence.

Douglas said: “Black artists have always been central to the struggle for black freedom…Beyonce is a part of this legacy. There is this natural correspondence between the kinds of things she does in her music and the black church.”

But the service isn’t about worshipping Beyonce, Norton cautions.

“Absolutely not, and I’m a card-carrying member of the BeyHive,” she said.

“People think we’re worshipping Beyonce, none of that is true. This is a way to have different kinds of conversation.”

Source: Published by theweek

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Osuji Caleb ikechi
Osuji Caleb ikechi
2 months ago

They are not worshipping Beyonce, they are like telling us what the black women are passing through over there.

Oriji Chizoba
Oriji Chizoba
2 months ago

I’m all in for the Beyonce Mass Service. Sometimes, worshipping God and having circular conversations might be all we need to move to the next realm of the spirit.

Atte
Atte
2 months ago

God should be worshipped according to the teachings of Christ and the apostles in the Bible. Worshipping God otherwise is acting as antichrist

Anyadike Rosesandra
Anyadike Rosesandra
1 month ago

God should be worshipped according to d rules and not in this form

Nelson Joseph
Nelson Joseph
1 month ago

God should be worshiped but not like this

Uzomacomfort
Uzomacomfort
1 month ago

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof is destruction. We should be aware of the devices of the devil. I am not judging for judgement is of the lord. In all you do just know that a day of reckoning is coming very soon and any one body whose name is not written in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire

ogunjemiyo Akinlami
ogunjemiyo Akinlami
1 month ago

When ends times is at handwe see different things

Fesojaiye Adebayo Folagbade
Fesojaiye Adebayo Folagbade
1 month ago

Anything that does not ential the teaching and the word of God is not the teaching of God. These peple should be reffered to as anti christ

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
1 month ago

Take heed brothers and sisters, the end time is here.
Matthew 24 vs 11 says, many false prophets shall arise and shall deceive many.
Vs 4… Take heed that no man deceive you.
Vs 5 For many shall come in My name…

Before getting yourself involved in any christian gathering, ask God to open you eyes to see the spirit at work in it.

Walson okieizibe gift
Walson okieizibe gift
1 month ago

the truth is in most churches outside forces influence the pastors and not God.

Nwede Kingsley
Nwede Kingsley
1 month ago

The whites and how they explain things. This thing had better not turn to a religion because some followers may be thinking of such.

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
1 month ago

I don’t like this kind of worship because is only the almighty God that we l worshipping, Beyonce is not doing the right thing for my own idea

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
1 month ago

I am on support of it all.

Okwu Godswill okechukwu
Okwu Godswill okechukwu
28 days ago

We can worship together, but we have to keep social distance

Dasola Kolade
Dasola Kolade
26 days ago

God should be worshipped not humans.

Omoniyi Adeola
Omoniyi Adeola
23 days ago

Why including Beyonce when you know only God deserve to be worshipped

Stephen Agbaje
Stephen Agbaje
23 days ago

This people are turning Christianity to another things,that’s terrible.

Delight adebayo
Delight adebayo
21 days ago

😀😀😀

Joshua Samson
Joshua Samson
21 days ago

actually I don’t understand also

Tarwa John Jacob
Tarwa John Jacob
21 days ago

Beyonce Mass!Hmmmm na wa o…she is now a goddess o..

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
19 days ago

What is mass, is there any word in the scripture called mass? So, since there’s no mass therefore, there are not worshipping God Almighty.

ossai Kingsley Collins
ossai Kingsley Collins
18 days ago

this is not how God should be worshipped

Bright John
Bright John
15 days ago

God should be worshiped in a good and respectful ways.

ikechukwu emmanuel
ikechukwu emmanuel
15 days ago

they are worshiping beyonce look out is the end.

Godwin Buduzhi
Godwin Buduzhi
6 days ago

Meaningless

Solomon Utom john
Solomon Utom john
2 days ago

They are not worshipping beyonce