A feminist Lutheran pastor is making fun of Christians who take a serious decision to be abstinent from sex until marriage and to remain faithful to their partner in marriage. She’s melting down Christian purity rings to create a statue glorifying a vagina.
Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber is calling on women to send her their Christian “purity rings” so that she can make herself a vagina statue.
Bolz-Weber, founding pastor for Denver’s House for All Sinners and Saints, announced on Twitter her “massive art project” to create a golden idol to female genitalia in protest of evangelical purity.
“Beginning November 12th, until December 17th, you’ll have the opportunity to send in your purity rings to be melted down and recast into a golden vagina,” she explained on her website. “This sculpture will be unveiled at the 2019 Makers Conference.”
Those who send Bolz-Weber their rings will receive a “certificate of Impurity as well as a SHAMELESS, impurity ring.”
Bolz-Weber explained her desire to “take down” the evangelical purity culture at the 2018 Makers Conference. Speaking with HuffPo, Bolz-Weber said her position is one of determining for herself what is good, not what others dictate.
“This thing about women that the church has tried to hide and control and that is a canvas on which other people can write their own righteousness ― it’s actually ours,” Bolz-Weber said. “This part of me is mine and I get to determine what is good for it and if it’s beautiful and how I use it in the world.”
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has developed generally liberal views on abortion, homosexuality and universalism. Bolz-Weber said her denomination has largely supported her.