Saying Goodbye to Winter and Opening Our Hearts to Spring

February 24, 2015

It’s been a long, hard winter in many parts of the world.  Numerous places have had to cope with record amounts of snowfall; others have been hit with record low temperatures. Some places have had to deal with both.  Large numbers of shivering people are wondering whether spring will ever come!  If you’re one of them and could use some encouraging words to warm your heart, brighten your day, and lift your spirit, read this beautiful ritual written by Diann L. Neu, co-founder and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER), including a musical reminder that “all shall be well,” as Julian of Norwich wrote long ago.

Read Diann Neu’s ritual “Let the Winter Go!”


Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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