Monday, May 23, 2022

Queerying Ascension C

Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Acts reading.
ID: a rainbow hot air balloon rises into the sky against a blue sky background.
Acts 1:1-11
In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2until the day when They were taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the Sent Ones whom They had chosen. 3After Jesus' suffering They presented Themself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to the Sent Ones during forty days and speaking about the reign of God. 4While staying with them, Jesus ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Caregiver.

“This,” Jesus said, “is what you have heard from me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

6So when they had come together, they asked Jesus, “Lover, is this the time when you will restore the empire to Israel?”

7Jesus replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Caregiver has set by Xyr own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9When Jesus had said this, as they were watching, They were lifted up, and a cloud took Them out of the Sent Ones' sight.

10While Jesus was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two beings in white robes stood by them. 11They said, “People of Galilee, why do you stay looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Them go into heaven.”

Queeries for the text:
What first book?
What sort of proofs did Jesus present?
What is the promise of the Caregiver?
What happens when the oppressed become the empire?
How are we witnesses?
How did Jesus ascend?
Why do we stay looking?


J. Pace Warfield-May queeries the Psalm.
ID: the 1831 woodblock print of The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. A large wave capsizes two fishing boats with Mount Fuji in the background.
Psalm 93
The Becoming One is Qween, Xe is wearing a majestic caftan;
the Becoming One is in drag; Xe is wearing a corset of strength.
Xe has established the world so that it cannot be moved.
Your stage is established from before the dawn of time;
you are from ancient times and beyond.

The floods have risen, O Becoming One,
the waters and floods have raised their voice;
the waters and floods raise a roar of waves.
More majestic and glittering than the thunders of these mighty waves,
more majestic and glittering than the waves of the sea,
the Becoming One is majestic and glittering on high!

Your witness is beyond reproach;
holiness overflows your house,
O Becoming One, from ancient times and beyond.

Queeries for the text:
How do you imagine the Becoming One as a drag queen?
What is a corset of strength?
What does the roar of waves sound like?
What does it mean to bear witness?

What are your queeries?


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