I have read two chapters so far, and I'm definitely looking forward to the rest. In my experience, people don't like to talk about this. If you call God "She" you're a heretic, yet nobody considers the fact that in the Old Testament, one of the Hebrew names for God - Shekinah - is feminine. When questioned, many will admit that God is gender-neutral, but to refer to "Him" as "Her" is shocking and inappropriate.
"[...] throughout history women have learned about spiritual realization through men. Male guides and male interpreters - priests, rabbis, ministers, Zen masters, yogis, and countless other male teachers have defined what spirituality is and how it is to be developed and experienced in our lives. In almost all accounts of the sacred, both language and story have been the expressions of men conveyed in male imagery. [...] For many and varied reasons, women's experiences have remained unspoken. [...] We cannot learn how women develop spiritually from men. The responsibility for describing this process is ours, as women (7)."
Thursday, March 24, 2005
The Times They Are A-Changin'
Not to make heads spin, but I am not the type of person who starts a book or two, reads them, and then moves on to others. I am constantly in the middle of at least five books (and usually many more than that) because I cannot resist temptation. I will go to the library and take home five or six books when I know I have no time to read them. So, in this blog, I'll be jumping from book to book. It doesn't mean I have stopped reading the others I previously mentioned; maybe I have, maybe I haven't. Just don't expect consistency :)
That being said, Sister gave me The Feminine Face of God for Christmas, and I resumed reading it today. The back cover reads, "For many contemporary women, the old patriarchal models of religion are no longer relevant, forming a need to look beyond the male-oriented past to a wider, more fulfilling spiritual horizon." That should give you an idea about the book's purpose. The authors, Sherry Ruth Anderson and Patricia Hopkins, interviewed over a hundred women in order to assess their spiritual experiences.