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Though represented by its detractors as an incursion of paganism into Christianity, and presented as an integrally and intrinsically Christian phenomenon by its supporters, the truth about the 1993 Re-Imagining Conference and movement is that it was a product of a wider feminist awakening. The critique of patriarchal religions that emerged in the academy and in churches and synagogues in the late 1960s and early 1970s was part of the emerging feminist uprising. The feminist movement placed a question mark over all patriarchal texts and traditions, secular and religious, and as such was beholden to none.

In the spring of 1971, Roman Catholic Christian Mary Daly published “After the Death of God the Father” in the liberal Catholic magazine Commonweal. She asserted that the God whose death was touted in the “Death of God” movement was an idol fashioned in the image of male power and authority. She called for “the becoming of new symbols” to express the new becoming of women.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    A story, possibly apocryphal: A liberal synagogue, concerned about the implications of using gendered language for the divine, ma
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    What a shame, Carol, that inbred fear of the paternal God's rage should have splintered your promising movement. Thank you for de
  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    Yes it is too bad that the feminist spirituality movement splintered as it did. There is a need for women working in different pla
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Delighted to hear that you'll be here in Paganistan for the holidays, Carol, and can't wait to hear your talk. (I've already got m
  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    Love your posts Steven and look forward to hearing from you. Short of putting my personal email out there, you can contact me via
Rediscovering Goddess Sophia at the Great Lakes Portal

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Sophia * Queen of Peace* Holy Spirit

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I've spent much of the last month engrossed in Reverend Lauren Artress's Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as Spiritual Practice, about the labyrinth as spiritual movement and spiritual practice. I've been walking the labyrinth since 1998, and within the last few months I've taken what has been a deeply personal practice and begun sharing it with the Women's Spirituality here in Dallas-Fort Worth, through monthly labyrinth walks at some of the public labyrinths in the Metroplex. Artress writes movingly of the Holy Spirit as feminine, and of the way in which the labyrinth helps us reconnect with the Divine Feminine.

So it seems wholly fitting that my Goddess for this week is Sophia -- the spirit of Feminine Wisdom within the Christian tradition.

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