~ Mirabai Starr
“She leadeth me beside the still waters…”
~ Psalm 23
Does that rendition of a favorite Psalm sound a little different or unexpected?
The United Church of Christ has been working to ordain women pastors (since 1853), change the pronouns in our hymns (since 1995) and open pathways of liberation for women in leadership and society. And we continue to work to include those who don’t conform to conventional gender categories.
But it’s not just about pronouns and gender.
What’s needed to heal our hearts, our world, and our planet is a spiritual wholeness. After 5,000 years of dominance by the masculine principle (R. Eisler, The Chalice and the Blade), humanity’s move toward wholeness will require a sacred reclaiming and honoring of the feminine aspect of God(dess), and the feminine energies that live inside us all.
2019 Senior Retreat
In this series of three sessions at the UCUCC Senior Retreat, Pastor Todd and his wife, Allison Conte, will lead us in a deeply reflective and interactive conversation about why we need the Divine Feminine, now more than ever. We will explore the Divine Feminine in neglected parts of our Christian Scripture and tradition, in other spiritual traditions, and in a psycho-spiritual framework that can suggest pathways and practices that lead to integration.
As Father Richard Rohr notes,
“Like the Christ Mystery itself, the deep feminine often works underground and in the shadows, and—from that position—creates a much more intoxicating message.”
We hope you will join Allison and Todd in a brief look into that deep, intoxicating, sacred feminine message.