“He has prepared us so that we might become fully human.” ~ The Gospel of Mary
In their distress after Jesus’ death, Mary Magdalene comforts and encourages the disciples in this extra-canonical gospel account. She tells them that Jesus’ teaching was to help them (read “us”) become
an “anthropos,” a full or completed human being. It was this practice of and growth from his teaching that would allow them to overcome their fear and to live on faithfully.
This sense of completeness or wholeness and the healing, blessing, power and wisdom that flow from it are why Allison and I are leading the 2019 Senior Retreat program on the theme of the Divine Feminine.
We are uplifting the Divine Feminine in service of a sacred union where opposites are reconciled and flowing in balance. The Apostle Paul called the early church into a “ministry of reconciliation” and this is reconciliation work. After centuries of the masculine principles (including theological and spiritual) being overemphasized and carried mostly by men, we are in dire need of reclaiming other energies, archetypal feminine energies, within ourselves and our culture. Says the extra-canonical Gospel of Thomas, Logion 22, “When you make the two become one…then you will enter in.”
In our three 90 minute sessions, we will present some basic material about this historical distortion in church and society and then invite participants into a experiential model that helps identify and encourage balance in these polarities. Hope to see you there!