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Transcript FEMINISM + SPIRITUALITY - WOMAN CHURCH by Deborah Bell The interest in Women's Spirituality which grew from the feminist movement has taken on a new legitimacy in recent years. Many women have rejected traditional patriarchal teachings. Women who were involved in organized religions were frustrated at being denied access to the priesthood and other leadership roles within their churches. Other women, in their growth process as feminists, discovered and embraced the new found spirituality which in actuality comes from acient times. Women's spirituality, as it is most often referred to, encompasses a variety of feminist ideologies, ranging from non-sexist language to forms of witchcraft. It has created a new symbol for God, or the God aspect, with the honoring of the Goddess, new rituals (or those based on older matriarchal tradition) and reinterpretations of the Bible and the major writings of religions other than Christianity. Rosemary Radford Ruether, a theology professor at Garret- Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, published a book in 1985 which will be available in paperback this December. In is entitled Woman-church: Theology and Practice of Feminist Liturgical Communities (Harper & Row). The book includes feminist liturgies, such as rites of healing for incest and rape victims, battered women and those who have had abortions or miscarriages. There is a puberty rite for a young woman, a ritual for divorce and a Coming- out rite for a Lesbian. The abortion rite reads: "Our sister has made her hard choice. We don't want to pretend that this choice was easy or simple, without pain and hurt, but we also trust her that she has made the best choice that she could make." The Lesbian rite reads: "Born of woman, beloved of woman, lover of woman, you are blessed." LIKE FEATHERS VE STICK TOCETHER LIKE FEATHERS WITH FEATHERS VE MAk£ OUR WINCS FLYINC HICH WITH THE FIRE BIRO FLY-ING HICH WITH THE M_4 BIRO There has been a growth surge in the number of women who participate in some form of Spirituality whose theology begins with women's experience and allows it to be articulated in terms of the Goddess. The first national conference of Woman-church was in Chicago in 1983 with over 1,400 attendees. Last October, over 3,000 women gathered in Cincinnatti, including contingents from Central and South America. Criticism has come from those who do not understand the link with Wicca, a pagan religion whose adherents call themselves witches. This stems from the mis-conceptions concerning what Witchcraft actually is. Some women meet in covens, or formalized groups with traditional practices, while others are more metaphysical in the expression of their beliefs. While based on many of the old teachings, the new practice allows an eclectic approach with the creation of new rituals, meditations and practices. These often include forms evolved from those of traditional churches in which the women grew up in. The growth of this movement is further evident in the number of books now available on the subject and in the growth of "New Age" religion which incorporates much of the Women's spirituality teachings. The best source for more information on this topic in Houston is at Lucia's Garden (see ad in WCCN). "Woman of Power" is a quarterly publication (available from Woman of Power, Inc., P.O. Box 827, Cambridge, MA 02238) which expresses the philosphy of Women's Spirituality in the following manner: "Woman's spirituality is a world-wide awakening of woman- power whose vision is the transformation of ourselves and our societies. 'The ancient spiritual voice of woman now speaks its long hidden wisdom and becomes an active force for the conscious evolution of our world. This emerging voice speaks of... * The recongition of the inter- connectednes of all life. * The awareness that everything has consciousness and is sacred. * The re-membering of our selves as sacred beings, and the loving of our psyches, bodies and emotions. * The empowerment of women and all oppressed peoples. * The creation of world peace, social justice and environmental harmony. * The activation of spiritual and psychic powers. * The honoring of woman's divinity. AND SUM BRINGS THE BUDS IN THE SPRING Traditional AN0 SHE BRINCS THE BUDS IN THE SPRING TO LAUCH A-M0NC THE FLOWERS IN Ml J l ^J W—•*— Q2-J-JlLJ^ ppT^j PP_i *t=tt SUMMERS HEAT HER KISSES ARE SWEET SHE SLEEPS IN LEAFY B0-WERS SHE y^m y «* ■-—^___ j m ^ m i _w _^ g _r | _r_ CUTS THE CANE AND CATHERS THE CRAJN THE FRUITS OF FALL SUR—ROUND HER HER f^T j i a J Juj,y j j ■ j j_j____^ 00NLS CH0U OLD lllll WIX-TERY 0DLD SHE WRAPS HER CLOAK A ROUND HER page 6 WOMYNSPACE