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Matriarchies of the Midwest

I had to laugh when, at the annual Mahle Lecture at Hamline University in “St.” Paul this weekend, I heard feminist theologian Carol P. Christ describe the ideal human society as a “matriarchal egalitarianism.”

Really, I had to laugh.

The coven that I'm part of has been going strong for nearly 40 years now. Next fall we'll be 39 (a significant number = 3 x 13). We're a group of friends who share a spiritual life. Most (but not all) of us are women.

This group is the center of my social life, and the center of my spiritual life. We're deeply engaged with one another's lives. I've helped raise our youngest coven kid.

Hence my laughter.

Here in the heart of the American Midwest, I've lived in a matriarchal egalitarianism for decades.

Carol is absolutely right: it's a great way to live.

I'd recommend it to anyone.

 

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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.

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  • Murphy Pizza
    Murphy Pizza Monday, 05 November 2018

    Right on!
    And wasn't the Mahle Lecture blast! Such a thrill to get my battered copy of Weaving the Visions signed by both Carol Christ and Judith Plaskow. So glad I got to thank them for changing my life.

  • Hearth M Rising
    Hearth M Rising Monday, 05 November 2018

    Thank you for this. Raising children is the central work in matriarchal communities, important in everyone's life, not just a nuclear family. We have such a good blueprint for how to live in the egalitarian societies of Old Europe and aboriginal America.

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