We've likely heard a child say — or said it ourselves — "It isn't fair!" And often the response is "Life isn't fair," with the implication, "Get over it. That's just the way things are!"
This issue is all about a different response: a resolve to make them fairer.
We're keying off the phrase in Shirley Erena Murray's "A Place at the Table" that pleads "For woman and man, a place at the table, revising the roles, deciding the share, with wisdom and grace, dividing the power, for woman and man, a system that's fair ..."
Sadly, the list of unfair systems seems endless and, even sadder, some are present in worship. But Jesus didn't shy away from challenging unfair social, political or religious systems and neither have we in this issue. We have engaged writers who can help us to identify shortcomings and point to ways to address them.
To further challenge your thinking, we have provided questions for reflection that we hope you will ponder and share with others in your worship design team and/or congregation. What systems/symptoms in your context need addressing? Where there is lack of conviction or diversity or worship language sensitivity or ministry with the incarcerated, or fear of speaking prophetically, there is hope for change. Make room at the table, with wisdom and grace, to revise the roles, divide the power!
The WorshipArts Editorial Committee primarily consists of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds in worship planning, liturgy, and communications. The team is led by our editor, Dave Wiltse.
Do you love to write? Have an idea for an article that would interest readers of WorshipArts? The WorshipArts Editorial Committee actively seeks a variety of articles and reviews in music areas (choral for all ages, piano/organ, instrumental, handbells), arts areas (dance, drama, visuals), and worship areas (preaching, contemporary worship, spiritual formation, worship planning, liturgy). WorshipArts publishes six times each year and deadlines are the 15th of the month, two months prior to publication date.