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Sermon focuses on Eden as Orgy in West Philadelphia

Rev Bev's provocative sermon title for March 13th in celebration of Women's History month was "The Orgy of Eden: How Far We Have Fallen." Focusing on the Garden of Eden as a place of abundance both in the garden but also in the essence of the Creator's compassion for the creation. And the garden-state is when we recognize our true spiritual home is where we are "unclothed" and without defenses, where we live in love and in naked openness to others, and certainly where sexuality has no shame, fear or guilt.

While others look to the story of the Garden of Eden and only see original sin (and often throw in sex sin in the midst of the story) Rev Dale, not surprisingly, emphasized the original blessing saying that Christians should be "leading the parade" when it comes to enjoying life and celebrating God's "orgy of passionate love" as a free and abundant gift.  Bringing a positive message that, while not new, has certainly not been heard nearly often enough from the pulpit, she noted that those who lose the experience of the orgy of the garden live in shame, fear and guilt. "And the farther we are from Passion, the more we dry up and become brittle and hardened." She then gave examples of the screaming voices who reflected this hardness as it relates to sexuality, "No premarital sex. No emergency contraception. No abortion. No homosexuality. no civil rights for gays. God-hates-fags!" 

She began her presentation by saying that the sermon was not X-rated but it would indeed "push the envelope." She ended by singing an original song that portrayed the voice of the unnamed female lover in the Song of Songs who exhibited the kind of sexual self-confidence and a complete embrace of the sensuality and sexuality of the Garden of Eden as she described her love, and he described her. "When we believe that we re beautiful then we know that love is possible. Our hearts will open for love comes from within."

She was preaching at Calvary United Methodist Church in West Philadelphia.

 
Catherine, 04-02-11 4:41pm:
The Eden experience had more to do w/disobeying than nakedness. Hiding showed shame of the balance
he just lost. G

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