If you’re a Beyoncé fan, chances are you’ve jokingly (or perhaps not-so-jokingly?) referred to the singer as Queen Bey. There is indeed something regal about Mrs. Carter – an air of beauty and extravagance you can’t quite put your finger on. She’s a fantastically talented performer and an inspirational woman, for sure – but should we be worshipping her? Some Beyoncé superfans seem to think so.
The National Church of Bey, founded by Atlanta native and self-proclaimed “Minister Diva” Pauline John Andrews, has brought Beyoncé and spirituality together in a new religion based on the star’s lyrics. The lyrics are bound together in a book known as the Beyble (of course), and is used to help followers get in touch with their inner “Divine Divas.” They’re even registered as an official non-profit and used donations and the savings accounts of the church’s original 12 members to get their own worship building. Now, the National Church of Bey boasts over 200 members.
“There were 12 of us,” Andrews explained, “and we used to gather every Sunday and sing her songs together. One day, while drinking Moscato and smoking Beyha (marijuana), we analyzed one of her songs and came to the realization that Beyoncé is truly divine.”
A typical service consists of Andrews giving a “sermon” based on a specific Beyoncé lyric or verse, while shouts of “Surfbordt!” take the place of your traditional “Amen.” All 100% of the church’s members are female, but men are welcome – provided they symbolically sacrifice their manhood and remove their penises before pledging allegiance to Bey. Yikes.
While the Church’s numbers may seem relatively small at the moment, Andrews claims that there must be about 58 million followers around the world – it’s just that most of them haven’t been able to connect with their spirituality to discover it. We’re not so sure about that, but to each his own.
The great thing about this country is that you are, within the confines of the law, allowed to do whatever suits you – and that especially holds true with freedom of religion. While many subscribe to more traditional doctrines of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc., there’s nothing stopping Andrews (or anyone else, for that matter) from creating a movement which better suits her own interests – and it seems like others are on board. While the National Church of Beyoncé may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I do think she fits the description of a Divine Diva… just one of the less spiritual nature.