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1. A Saucy Spirituality


On today’s episode we’re going to be unpacking the first element of Sassy Spirituality, which is saucy. A saucy spirituality is a bold spirituality. Have you ever thought about your spirituality and faith being bold? Well we are going to journey through that conversation during our time together today.

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Welcome to Sassy Spirituality! If you are returning or here for the first time I am glad to be sharing digital sacred space with you.


On today’s episode we’re going to be unpacking the first element of Sassy Spirituality, which is saucey. A saucey spirituality is a bold spirituality. Have you ever thought about your spirituality and faith being bold? Well we are going to journey through that conversation during our time together today.


Before we officially dive into the depth of the conversation allow me to formally introduce myself.


I’m your host, Tierney C. Jordan. I'm the Sassy Spiritualist. I’m a public theologian, digital content creator, consultant, writer, and preacher. Through a sex-positive Afrocentric Womanist lens and approach to all the things I do I’m here to help you embrace the sassy aspects of your spirituality. My work centers liberation, justice, and wholeness for all. And I am super glad you are here for this episode of Sassy Spirituality.


What is Sassy Spirituality? I’m so glad you asked.


Sassy Spirituality is a digital sacred space that allows us to explore how our spirituality can be Saucey, Autonomous, Soul-Searching, Sensual, and Yearning. If you’re interested in a liberated approach to all things spiritual, you’re certainly in the right place.


If you hear something that resonates with you we would love for you to join the conversation online by using the hashtag #SassySpiritualityPod.


Alright, now let’s dive into the sauce…


When I was thinking about our topic for the day I thought about Womanism, and being saucey, and being sassy and it led me down a rabbit hole to this excerpt from “Every Tongue Got to Confess, Negro Folk-tales from the Gulf States” by Zora Neale Hurston.



There was a great Sunday-school boy. He went to Sunday-school every Sunday. The boy was named Willie. Willie was very active about asking and answering questions until no one else could ask or answer a question. One Sunday his mother said, “Son, you want to give the others a chance and let them talk.” So the next Sunday the subject was Jacob’s ladder. So Willie sat quietly until they was almost through. Willie saw the picture of Jacob’s ladder and the angel going up and down. The superintendent said, “If there is nothing else we will close.” Willie held up his hand and said, “Mr. Superintendent, what in the hell does the angel need with a ladder when he’s got wings?” —CLIFFERT ULMER.


The word of God, for the people of God. Thanks be to God.


In an interview with Alice Walker by Open Road Media, she was asked what she would say to Zora Neale Hurston if she were alive today, and here was her response.


She said, “ I would say thank you. Thank you so much for being such a brilliant, alive, vibrant, giving, saucey, elegant adventurer. She was an adventurer in every cell of her body, and she was a free person, and I would thank her for leaving us that example.”

https://earlybirdbooks.com/alice-walker-conversation-video


I believe Black women are a sacred text.


Our lived experiences, our words, the way we sister one another, the sauciness we bring to our conversations, our facial expression, just the way we are. The way we live and move and operate throughout the world. That is all a sacred text the divine is present in the fullness of that because the divine is present in each one of us.


And so as I think about what it means to bring my saucyness to my spirituality, when I look at it from that perspective and through this folktale by Zora Neale Hurston, it seems that my sauciness can not be separated from my spirituality, because my sauciness can not be separated from me.


My first thought was how we’ve been socialized to think about being saucy as a bad word. Or to come with a negative connotation. So I’m reminded of Simon Cowell. Y'all know Simon Cowell, the judge from American Idol who was super popular for being rude. Now growing up watching the show his bluntness and harshness came across as hilarious to me. But now going back and watching those clips his commentary often strikes me as vile and leaves an uncomfortable feeling in my body.


But any who, there was this one particular time when he was giving feedback to a woman based on her vocal ability, or lack thereof, and he received a response that he apparently thought was kind of flippant. Because he then responded by saying, “You are a saucy little thing aren't you?” Now this is a loaded question and we don't have time to impact all of its elements today, but I mainly want us to focus on the saucy part, since we are talking about our spirituality being saucy.


He wasn't asking this question in a complimentary way. His use of the term saucy definitely came with a negative connotation. So for me, the first part of embracing a saucy spirituality is reclaiming the definition of what it meant to be saucy.


So in my reclaimed definition, I have two trains of thought. On the one hand someone who is saucy has Big Drip, as my students would say. They’re stylish. They care about their appearance, they’re well put together. They are someone when you see them enter a room they catch your eye. I think this definition is helpful, but not exactly what I’m looking for in my saucy spirituality.


The other thought that came to mind is someone who is bold. Someone who asks the difficult questions, which brings me back to this folk talk by Zora Neale Hurston. The child in the story had questions about things that didn't make sense to them, and they weren't afraid to ask those questions.


And I’ll even assume that this was true of them inside and outside of their church spaces. This probably carried over to school, work, familial relationships, etc. They brought that bold, questioning personality with them everywhere they went. And that’s what a saucy spirituality is for me. Being bold enough to ask difficult questions of my spirituality. Have difficult conversations. And come to difficult conclusions.


I’m going to be bold in what I know about the Divine and always be true to the ways I show up and the ways the Divine reveals information to me. Embracing a Saucy Spirituality has been a journey for me and I’m inviting you to continue that journey with me. Do you believe your spirituality is saucy? Let us know why or why not on your preferred social media platform using the hashtag #SassySpiritualityPod


I want to leave us with an affirmation as we prepare to conclude this week’s episode. So if you’re able I invite you to take a few deep breaths and hear these words.

You are bold.

You are courageous.

You are saucy.

Amen and Ase


Thank you for joining me for the first official episode of Sassy Spirituality. I am grateful for the opportunity to share digital sacred space with you. We invite you to connect with this community.


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Thanks for hanging out in the Sassy Spirituality Community today. I look forward to continuing the journey of embracing the sassy elements of our spirituality. Talk soon!



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