“God the Mother”— The Sacred Feminine In Christianity

July 1, 2015

Something CFT members have been writing and speaking about for years, embracing inclusive language and using female pronouns and metaphors for God, is no longer the taboo subject it once was.

Today’s link features a few online resources on the topic.  Enjoy!

(And feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments.)

From the web:

New from Adam Ericksen on Sojourners, “Why God Is Your Mother: The Anglican Church and God Our Mother.

12 Reasons Why You Can Totally Call God ‘Mother’” by Sarah Moon, on Sarah Over the Moon on Patheos.

And “oldie but a goodie,” from Womanspirit Rising, edited by Carol P.Christ and Judith Plaskow (Harper & Row, 1979, pp 107-119).  Reprinted on the womanpriests.org website, “What Became of God the Mother? Conflicting Images of God in Early Christianity” by Elaine H. Pagels.

“Why God Is a ‘Mother,’ Too,” from Time, by Princeton Theological Seminary professor  Yolanda Pierce.

Posts written by our members:

Jesus and the She-God (On Using Female Pronouns For God)” by Esther Emery on Church in the Canyon.

Everything on Jann Aldredge Clanton’s website (don’t miss her hymnals!)

A Spiritual Pilgrim Returns to Texas: Some Thoughts on the Divine Mother” by Kendra Weddle Irons, on Ain’t I a Woman?

The Power of an Unexpected Pronoun” by Marg Herder, on God Is Not a Guy.

On Christian Feminism Today:

Articles

Why Inclusive Language Is Important
by Nancy A. Hardesty

Why Inclusive Language is Still Important
by Jann Aldredge-Clanton

God’s Motherly Care for Us
by Kathryn Christian

Introducing the Divine Feminine Version (DFV) of the New Testament
by Mark Mattison

Is There Healing for the Church’s “Mother Wound”?
by Susan Cottrell

The “She” in My Pocket
by Marg Herder

Poetry:

God the Mother
by Cliff Williams

Book Reviews

Dance of the Dissident Daughter:
A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine

by Sue Monk Kidd

Embodying the Sacred: A Spiritual Preparation for Birth
by Peg Conway

She Lives! Sophia Wisdom Works in the World
By Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton, PhD

The Divine Feminine
by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott

Blog Posts:

Fearing the Feminine or Embracing Our Mother” by Kendra Weddle Irons, Melanie Springer Mock, and Letha Dawson Scanzoni, on FemFaith

Sex-Positive Marital Fidelity and the Feminine Face of God” by Esther Emery, on ViewPoint

God is Not a Guy, and Neither Am I!” by Jann Aldredge-Clanton, on ViewPoint

How can you call God “Mother?”  Isn’t that goddess worship?” by Anne Eggebroten and Becky Kiser, on the FAQ blog.

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Marg Herder
Marg Herder is the Director of Public Information for EEWC-CFT, a Christian feminist organization working for gender (and LGBTQIA) justice in Christianity since 1974. She is the content manager and developer of the organization’s website, Christian Feminism Today. Marg identifies as a trans* lesbian writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. She works to draws attention to the ongoing violence directed at women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society, the desperate need for an understanding of God that includes the Divine Feminine, and Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence.

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