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April 11, 2019

Women Lead the Passion Narrative

On Palm Sunday (Apr. 14) at the 9 am and 11:15 am Church Nave services, we will once again read the Passion, striving to interpret familiar words so that they might be heard anew; so that the emotional complexity and immediacy of the story can grab us—really hard—and allow us to experience the crisis, betrayal, fear, and pain of this story.

This year we invite you to open up, empathize, and feel through a cast of women’s voices. Women, of course, were central to Jesus’s ministry. They numbered among the outcasts that he called friends, and followed him to the end. On this Palm Sunday, we will empower the voices of women to tell the Passion of Jesus, who insisted that true power did not reside in the aggressive, dominant, political and religious bodies of his day, but in forgiveness, compassion, and love.

As director Mary Hall Surface offers, "May this reading invite each of us to hear the story anew, traversing boundaries of time, status, and gender.  May we see Christ in all of us, alive, hoping, living—still trying to transform the world."