This Is My Body

"You gave us these bodies. And You called them good."  On this page you will find music, text, ritual ideas - even T-Shirts from our liturgy, This Is My Body.  The complete liturgy from Wild Goose Festival 2018 is here, along with recordings and sheet music.  We hope these resources will comfort, inspire and help you and your communities live into the truth that all bodies are God’s beloved creation.

 
 

Below are available resources, and a short history of how they were created.

Over the winter 2018, at rehearsals for The Many, we began talking about how we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" but how often we walk around trying to shrink or hide. And about messages in our culture that tell us we are too dark, too queer, too different. How our society profits from our self-doubt and how truly loving our bodies is an act of resistance. And we talked about that time when Jesus said, "This is my body..." without shame, without apology. We began to brainstorm about songs and liturgy that might help us live into the truth that we are God’s beloved creation and our bodies are good.

We first wrote a song, These Bodies.  And premiered it at the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference in March.  By the summer, at the Wild Goose Festival, we were able to introduce the complete liturgy in a late night gathering – an experience that brought together music, spoken word, visual elements, and movement in a journey through lament and confession, culminating by reclaiming our bodies through the celebration of communion.

Now we’re making all the music and text and ritual ideas available to you.  We hope you will take our work and make it your own.  We hope it will inspire you and help you to pray. And we hope it will help you and your community honor, respect and celebrate all bodies.  Please keep in touch.  We would love to hear how you’re using these resources in your community.

Your music makes me feel the presence of God every time.
— response from WG18 This Is My Body
Your music helps to mend parts of me that
I didn’t know were broken. I love you and your work!
— response from WG18 This is My Body