You may have noticed lately our posting is a little... uneven and sporadic. We wanted to let you know a little about what we've been up to and to ask you for some help.
For the past nine or so months, we have been working with a wonderful network of co-conspirators to write liturgy and provide Biblical commentary with an eye on justice and God's preferential option for the poor and marginalized. The response has been amazing! People seem to be hungry for different words for worship, particularly words that poke and prod people towards justice. We were chugging along happily, then life got in the way.
We are doing this in our spare time, and over the past few months we have had a lot less of that. Lenny had the end of his time in seminary, graduation, a move, a congregation to start and a book to write all in the course of a few months (Go Lenny!). Ray moved. Elizabeth got sick and had a cascade of ministry and life events that made it so that any extra time needed to be spent resting and tending to her mental health. Similar things happened in the lives of many of our writers. While our lives are balancing out, our network of writers at this time are largely ELCA Lutherans, and many are active with the National Youth Gathering happening this week in Houston Texas, placing their focus on prep for this amazing event. We are working on regrouping, rescheduling, and figuring out how to move forward with a restructured team. We hare working on a liturgy for the Bread of Life weeks coming soon and to keep providing liturgy for what is happening in the world along with sermon commentary to help you talk about it in your congregations (more of this work will be white dudes, for reasons enumerated below). However, we need your help.
Our hope when we began Disrupt was that we would put up our work for free for a while but, eventually, we would be able to pay our writers. This is really important to us, particularly as we are asking people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and woman to write for us. Our current pool of amazing writers are willing to keep writing, but for us its a justice issue. We have long asked marginalized people to work for free, and we want to not be an organization that does that. We want the people who write for us to feel valued not just through clicks, likes and shares, but in their pocketbooks. We also want to be able to expand our writer pool, and that means we need to be able to pay people.
We need your help. We need your financial support. How much is this work worth to you? How much is it worth to have different liturgy or prayers you don't need to write, or to hear voices you normally don't hear provide you with sermon fodder? How much is it worth to pay people who all too often don't get paid for their work and to lift up new voices in the community?
We have started a Patreon
-- it's been up for a while -- and we are in the process of updating our Patron rewards (which will be up next week). However, if you don't feel like you need a super cool mug or bumper sticker, you can head over right now to give us your support.
If we manage to go above these goals we can start paying those who contribute to our litanies and liturgies, and pay for some of our out of pocket costs we incur.
Help us pay people. Help us let them (and honestly, us) know their work matters.
Also, if you are interested in writing for us (for free, for now), please send a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please understand that we prioritize writers of color, women and members of the LGBTQ community.
We would also love to have someone to help us organize and keep on deadline. Some days, Ray and I are just super excited that people with such severe ADHD actually did a thing.
Thank you so much for your support thus far. Thank you for your likes, clicks and shares. And thank you, in advance, for your financial support.
The blog space is where we'll cover things: why we're using a specific focus during a season, to discuss liturgy, and random things that don't quite fit elsewhere.