Beyoncé Mass is a groundbreaking Christian worship service featuring Beyonce’s music that celebrates the spirituality of Black women

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On September 24th, The Lecture Series at UCUCC Seattle will welcome the “Beyoncé Mass” to Seattle. The worship service uses the music and life of Beyoncé as a tool to cultivate an empowering conversation about Black women – their lives, bodies, and voices – and create an experience of story, scripture, and song that calls for the liberation of all people. Beyoncé Mass will begin at online 7 pm.

The Seattle mass will focus on tenuous racial relationships and acknowledge the difficult journey that it will take to reach any form of reconciliation. This womanist ethic that undergirds the mass will explore the ways that communities often attempt to circumvent the long hard work road of repentance and relationship building necessary before we can develop beloved community between racial communities.

Created and curated by Reverend Yolanda Norton, Visiting Professor at Moravian Theological Seminary and founder of the Global Arts and Theology Experience (GATE), the inaugural Beyoncé Mass drew roughly 1,000 people at its inaugural event at San Francisco’s historic Grace Cathedral in April 2018. Since then, the worship service has traveled to Los Angeles, CA, Lisbon, Portugal, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and other locations.

“Beyoncé Mass is a Christian worship service that is open to all,” stated Rev. Norton. “This is not a ceremony deifying Beyoncé. The premise of this service is that if we look at the personal life, career trajectory, music, and public persona of Beyoncé, so much of her life reflects aspects of Black women’s stories.”

The liturgy of Beyoncé Mass includes music from Beyonce’s vast discography, readings from prominent Black female leaders, and a sermon from Rev. Norton, who is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is a Ph.D. candidate at Vanderbilt University in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel and holds a Masters of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary and B.A. in political science from Syracuse University.

Womanist Theology Part 1 and Part 2 with Rev. Yolanda Norton

In preparation for the Beyoncé Mass Seattle, Rev. Norton presented two classes on Womanist Theology (Part 1 and Part 2). View / review the classes at the links below. In Womanist Theology Part 2 Rev. Norton shares the unexpectded origin of the Beyoncé Mass, its grounding in Womanist Theology and where this project is headed.

Womanist Theology Part 1, August 24th, UCUCC Seattle

Womanist Theology Part 2, August 31st, UCUCC Seattle