I am so excited that this is happening! I’ll be a guest worship leader this Sunday at First UU. Join us in person or virtually. (https://austinuu.org/wp2013/worship-2/)
PURPLE THEOLOGY: THE MUSIC & MESSAGE OF PRINCE
Sunday, April 23, 2023, 10:45am service
First Unitarian Universalist Church, Austin TX
Co-Worship Leaders: Rev Erin J Walter and Simone Monique Barnes
In a service they have been dreaming of for years, special guest Simone Monique Barnes and the Rev Erin J. Walter reflect on one of their shared sources of inspiration: the music and wisdom of Prince.
Seven years after his death, Prince’s work continues to influence and inspire the world. With religiously influenced music and lyrics, combined with an ongoing exploration of themes such as identity, self-expression, truthtelling, joy, injustice, grief, and of course, love, Prince’s deeply spiritual music offers a theology of liberation.
As we look inside, look around, and look beyond ourselves, we begin to ask questions like, “How do we perceive and define our individual selves?” “What role do we play in our collective healing?” “How can we survive and thrive in times of heartache and oppression?” “How do we imagine the next chapter of our lives, our church, our world?”
Come as you are, whether you are seeking healing for your own spirit or healing for the wider world, invite friends, and prepare to take in moving music from the First UU band, soloists, and instrumentalists. The church’s important pre-congregational meeting will follow the worship service.