Tag Archives: gender

Reclaiming Women’s Wisdom

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Reclaiming Women’s Wisdom Tuesday, April 24, 2018 While there is great value in the archetypes of feminine and masculine principles—which, regardless of our gender, we might all embody—it’s important to acknowledge the inequality within the church and culture at large. For example, in the United States, women make 83% of… Continue Reading Reclaiming Women’s Wisdom

Union: The Foundation and Goal

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Union: The Foundation and Goal Monday, April 23, 2018 We two being one, are it. –John Donne [1] Even as we acknowledge the sacredness of gender and sex, we also need to realize that there’s something deeper than our gender, anatomy, or physical passion: our ontological self, who we are… Continue Reading Union: The Foundation and Goal

Feminine and Masculine Principles

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Feminine and Masculine Principles Sunday, April 22, 2018 God is beyond gender, of course. Yet Genesis says that both male and female are included in “the image of God” (1:27). Throughout the Bible, both feminine and masculine images are used to illustrate the divine, although we must admit that the… Continue Reading Feminine and Masculine Principles

The Essential Self and the Passing Self

Gender and Sexuality: Week 1 The Essential Self and the Passing Self Wednesday, April 18, 2018 As I shared in my meditations on human bodies the last two weeks, Western Christianity owes our separation of body and spirit to Greek philosophy much more than to Scripture or Jesus. Social psychologist Diarmuid O’Murchu suggests that Plato… Continue Reading The Essential Self and the Passing Self

Different Paths, Same Destination

God as Us: Week 1 Different Paths, Same Destination Friday, November 10, 2017 If we do not name the sacred character of gender and sexuality, we will keep naming it as we largely have, in the realm of sin. Most of us were not told our bodies and desires were sacred. Quite the opposite. We… Continue Reading Different Paths, Same Destination

Identity and Desire

God as Us: Week 1 Identity and Desire Thursday, November 9, 2017 Another beautiful metaphor in the Bible used for God is that of a lover. The allure of a beloved pulls us out of self, into ekstasis (Greek for ecstasy). Unfortunately, the Church’s shaming of body and sex has shut down many people’s longing… Continue Reading Identity and Desire

Mother God

God as Us: Week 1 Mother God Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Why does it matter whether our image of God is masculine or feminine or even a non-binary gender? One reason is that it makes it easier for us to recognize the divine in us, whatever our gender. When we over-emphasize masculine traits of the… Continue Reading Mother God

Sophia: Wisdom of God

God as Us: Week 1 Sophia: Wisdom of God Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Theologian Marcus Borg’s study of Scripture reveals many female metaphors for God. Here he shows how God’s wisdom was invariably presented as a woman: The most fully developed female biblical image for God is in the wisdom literature of ancient Israel—in Proverbs… Continue Reading Sophia: Wisdom of God

Images of God

God as Us: Week Images of God Monday, November 6, 2017 In the image of God they were created, male and female God created them. —Genesis 1:27 We are sacred images or incarnations of God. Some might wonder if it’s appropriate to apply the term sacred to gender. What makes anything “sacred” anyway? When we… Continue Reading Images of God

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