Our liturgical theme for the season of Epiphany is “Another Way Home,” exploring how our ways of being and our ways of living may require change if we are to find the true home where God’s Shalom reigns. On Sunday, Feb. 16, Betsey Beckman, along with a group of UCC dancers and singers, demonstrated that dance and liturgical movement can be another way home—another form of sermon—to explore and experience the Word of God.
“Miriam!” tells the familiar story of the exodus of the people of Israel from Egypt, from the perspective of Moses’ sister, through music and dance. A video of the sermon is available here.
Betsey Beckman is a storyteller, dancer, video producer, author and founder of The Dancing World: Embodying the Sacred in Liturgy and LIfe. Her ministry includes directing liturgical movement at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Seattle, leading global retreats and pilgrimages with Abbey of the Arts, and integrating the art of InterPlay with the practice of spiritual direction.
The text of “Miriam!” was written by Beckman, with music by Laura and David Ash. The story is based on Exodus 1-5. The accompanying canticle is based on Exodus 15:1-21.
Director, Narrator, Miriam: Betsey Beckman
God: Michael Crowley
Cantor: Leslie Keenan
Pianist: Anna Van Pelt
Burning Bush/God: Janae Walla
Isrealites: Jo Evans, Todd Smiedendorf, Patrice Tabor
Red Sea: Abe Hoff, Mei Li Hoff, Karl Layton, Will Layton, Kira Van Pelt
Choir: Debi Ehrlichman, Fred Heidrich, Cathy Gunstone, Lillian Lahiri, Chrystol Lee, Karen Levell, Becca McMullen, Nancy White, Kathy Young