This is the invitation I received,
on Sunday, December16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. You are invited to come and welcome others for who this might be a helpful experience of support and grace. A little more than a year ago #MeToo became an expression of solidarity among the victims of sexual assault and violence. The speaking out by a small and growing number of victims of sexual trespass by celebrities began to embolden others who live with the pain and—often—shame of having been violated in intimate ways. What started with a few voices grew into a chorus of people who said, “Me too.” The highly respected Centers for Disease Control—the U.S. federal government agency responsible for public health—estimates that one in three women has suffered contact sexual violence at some point in their lives (and one in six men). If this were an infectious disease, it would be described not just as an epidemic, but as a pandemic—because of its widespread effects.In the midst of such a widespread, debilitating, and preventable dis-ease; the Church has an important role to stand up and speak out with those who have suffered or are suffering now.Following in the way of Jesus, the Church is called to align with the vulnerable and to firmly reject behaviors that are evil.Please join us as we listen to what God’s Spirit is saying to us through the ancient Scriptures and contemporary voices. Include your voice in our prayers for healing, justice, and peace. And gather with us around the Lord’s Table to receive solace and strength from the Holy Communion.I don't know if they will be using an approved liturgy for this "MeToo-charist" or if the Bishop has given his blessing, but this appears to me to be an attempt to politicize the Eucharist by connecting it to a movement that had its most prominent rallies immediately following the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, rallies like the "Women's March" which were in large part protests against him. This loose movement has led to societal confusion as to what is or is not appropriate in male-female interaction. Witness the recent condemnation of old songs like "Baby It's Cold Outside" while rap singers retain their celebrity status.
Every year some nutcase comes out with an anti-Christmas accusation, and this year we have one who connects the Virgin Mother with the MeToo movement. The following is from "Campus Reform",
Minnesota State University, Mankato psychology professor and sex therapist Dr. Eric Sprankle critiqued the story of the Virgin Mary in a tweet Monday, suggesting that the Virgin Mary did not consent to being impregnated by God.
“The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays" Tweet This
“The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays,” Sprankle said.
Another Twitter user called the professor’s claim into question, noting that the Bible states that the Virgin Mary did, indeed, agree to God’s plan for her.
“The biblical god regularly punished disobedience,” Sprankle rebutted. “The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying ‘no’ negates her ‘yes.’ To put someone in this position is an unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst.”
I wonder if the clergy at St. Peter's Greenville will be wearing pink pussy hats and a statue of Mary similarly adorned as they enter in procession as a show of solidarity with those who fit the ever expanding definition of being a victim of sexual trespass.