Beyoncé Mass Boost Grace Cathedral's Attendance

By Megan Goldsby, KCBS Radio

April 26, 2018
Beyonce performs at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) - Beyoncé fans were taken to church in a whole new way Wednesday night. KCBS Radio's Megan Goldsby reports on the Beyoncé mass at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral.

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A Grace Cathedral Mass on what we can learn from Beyoncé was right up Latrina Walton's alley. "I'm actually a big Beyoncé fan, obviously love her music but I also go to church."

Two things that are far from incompatible, says Yolanda Norton, who created and led the mass. "I use Beyoncé as a central figure to have these conversations about the realities that black women face and so it allows us to kind of form an interpretive lens to look at the Biblical text."

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Yes, they've got some questions ahead of this mass says Grace Cathedral Dean Malcolm Clemons Young. "There are some very fundamentalist Christians who've told me that 'this is very dangerous' and they're worried about lust and idolatry." says Dean Young. "And then I've just heard from more ordinary Christians who just felt like it was embarrassing."

He says he is sympathetic to those who feel that way. But he says "it's so important that this church is involved in the world especially when it comes to women of color and hearing their voices," Dean Young says. "Not only that, but people who love Beyoncé have a lot to say to us too. So I don't just mean women of color. I also mean LGBTQ people."

Beyoncé Mass at Grace Cathedral
Beyoncé Mass at Grace Cathedral (Photo credit: Megan Goldsby/KCBS Radio)

The Wednesday mass usually draws 50, the Beyoncé mass drew about 1,000.