In her book, Another Way Home, Lonardelli writes, “At the heart of the Jesus movement, . . . there are individuals experiencing an awakening to the presence of the Sacred. “(26)
If you are interested in nourishing and opening your heart to Spirit, come join this book discussion!
What are the ways each of us experiences the Holy? Is the voice of the sacred feminine the voice of trusting and sharing our own voices – the voice that patriarchy has sought to extinguish? How do we acknowledge our divine nature and respond? Beginning on Feb. 9 from 11:30 to 1:15 on 4 consecutive Sundays, we will explore our own awakening stories to the sacred feminine. Dr. Cindy Caldwell will provide a historical overview of significant issues and decisions related to women in Christianity over the past 2,000 years. We will reclaim our use of a feminine lens to explore transformative stories of seeking wholeness that is often hidden in the New Testament stories. We will also begin exploring the apostle to the apostles, Mary Magdalene, and her awakening.
Session 1: February 9, 2020 Using small groups, we will build connection through sharing our own sacred stories. How do we imagine Spirit? Some of the tools we will practice with are Visio Divina, Lectio Divina, and guided meditation. Led by Candyce Rennegarbe
Session 2: Feb. 16, 2020 Dr. Cindy Caldwell will discuss the differences between Orthodoxy and Gnosticism, along with how the decisions that were made by the Orthodox councils affected the church. We will also explore reading the Bible through a mythological and symbolic lens.
Session 3: February 23, 2020 In small groups, we will read and interpret stories in the book to look for the hidden presence of the Sacred Feminine. Discoveries from the discussions will be shared with the larger group led by Candyce Rennegarbe.
Session 4: March 1, 2020 Mary Magdalene has been labeled a prostitute and the wife of Jesus. Today she is considered to be a strong expression of the divine feminine archetype, as well as providing balance and wholeness to Jesus’ expression of the divine masculine archetype. Dr. Caldwell will share her dissertation research with time for questions. We will use this background as we discuss the Awakening Story of Mary Magdalene from the book with Candyce.
A simple soup lunch will be provided each week.
Text: Another Way Home, by Ruth Ann Lonardelli at Luminare Press, 2018. More details on purchasing this book to come when registering in January and February, before and after worship in the Turner Narthex.
Instructors: Candyce Rennegarbe and Dr. Cindy Caldwell
Contact Candyce Rennegarbe with questions. ten.tsacmoc@1ebragennerc