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Healing Spaces for the Not-So-Churchy Among Us
May 14, 2017 @ 9:45 am - 10:45 am EDT
Not So Churchy is one of over 1000 New Worshiping Communities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is a recipient of the prestigious Walton Award. Their community has been featured in The New York Times, Presbyterian Outlook and Presbyterians Today. Not So Churchy began out of a need to welcome people who were previously hurt by the church, but still interested in some form of traditional worship. Worship at Not So Churchy is almost entirely sung, with musicians composing music for each service, and relies heavily on improvisation. Rev. Mieke Vandersall, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary who is currently pastor of this ministry, leads this presentation. Among her other achievements, Rev. Vandersall is the subject of a recent documentary called Out of Order, which reveals the painful struggles faced by LGBTQ faith leaders as they address prejudice and work to build loving support within their churches.