A journey in image and song into
the spirit of the purple church. Featuring herchurch folk group Vocal Divine singing "Our Mother" Words by Miriam
Therese Winter, Music by Pamela Parker, from the cd "HER Sacred Songs." Photos by Alice Heimsoth. Use link below:
Our mission is
to embody and voice the prophetic wisdom and word of the Divine Feminine, to uplift the values of compassion, creativity and
care for the earth and one another. At herchurch, we create a sacred space for those who wish to worship
outside the traditional Christian framework, both slightly outside and waaaaaaay outside. We
are fortunate to have pagans, non-theists, yogis, spiritual seekers of all sorts as well as Christians/Jews/Muslims and life-long
Lutherans as members of our faith community. Our purple church is home to a diversity of spiritual traditions
and perspectives that are woven together to create a strong, stretchy fabric that provides everyone with ample room to grow.
We are committed to acts of justice and peace as we help shift the world view from domination systems to mending and
caring for the web-of-life.
holds membership in the ELCA.
- A movement and theory for the economic, social, political, and religious equality, rights, and dignity of all
wo/men. It is focused on the struggle of wo/men against domination, exploitation, oppression, and dehumanization.
"Midwife Divine Now Calls Us"hymn by Jann Aldredge-Clantonwith
words and images HERE
A new form of church is happening at Ebenezer/herchurch
Lutheran , 678 Portola Drive in San Francisco. Gather at 10:30 AM Sundays for a lively, engaging,
thoroughly inclusive and feminist service of worship. Led by Pastor Stacy Boorn and
the Priestesses and Staff of herchurch, the liturgy features images and metaphors that will enlarge understanding of
and connection with the sacred. Music. movement, art, and readings further reflect this commitment to reclaiming
the feminine persona of the divine. Come as you are – you’ll find hope, healing, and community.
All are welcome at this table! Worship Sunday mornings at 10:30
Our prayers and liturgy reach back into the storehouse of tradition
to bring forth names as Mother, Shaddai, Sophia, Womb, Midwife, Shekinah, Kundalini, She Who Is. They do so out of renewed
insights into the nature of the Gospel empowered by the risen Christ-Sophia.
Let your relationship with the Divine be opened and expanded.
who is within us
we celebrate your many names.
Your wisdom come.
Your will be done,
unfolding from the depths within us.
Each day you give us all that we need.
You remind us of our limits
and we let go.
You support us in our power
and we act with courage.
For you are the dwelling place within
empowerment around us
and the celebration among us
now and for ever. Amen
Text by Miriam Therese Winter
Mission Sister, Professor
of Liturgy, Worship
Author of WomanWord
books and resources for Ritual.
Christianity and other patriarchal religions, for the most part, continues to
slight or silence the voices and power of women, the divine feminine and efforts to empower women and support the equality
of all peoples.
Join with this emerging feminist faith community to be a prophetic
voice for change in the church and patriarchal systems. We encourage you to send a contribution as you
are able. You are invited to become a part of our global or local membership. (Both
are vital gifts!) A welcoming community for WOMEN, MEN, CHILDREN and animals...
JOIN US IN PRAYER and MEDITATION
God/dess of struggle and blessing, we thank you that you are so willing
to meet us in love here and now, as you meet our mothers and fathers, partners and lovers, siblings and children, friends
and strangers on their faith journeys, as you entered our human life in Jesus Christ-Sophia. Help us open our hearts
to you in our time of remembrance and celebration that we may grow in light and love toward you and all people through the
gentle wind of your Spirit.
“Many feminist theologians and
thealogians insist that the masculine images of God will not be transformed unless we can (also) imagine God as “she.” Jewish feminist theologian Judith Plaskow argues that we must learn to speak the name
of the Goddess: “The deep resistance called forth by her naming indicates
that the needs she answered are still with us. It is precisely because she is
not distant that the goddess needs to be recognized as a part of God.” Unless
and until the God we have known can (also) be called “Goddess,” the specter of the male God will still be with
...Images of the Goddess help to break
the hold of “male control” that has shaped our images not only of God, but of all significant power in the universe. This insight of the Goddess, both verbal and visual, before it settles fully into
the body and mind.”
Rebirth of the Goddess, by Carol Christ
Wisdom's urgent cry
Rings out for all to hear;
Though scoffed and scorned She still draws nigh
message strong and clear.
Awake and heed Her voice,
Destructive ways cease;
Unite with Wisdom, make a choice
on paths of peace.
Hymn by Jann Aldredge-Clanton
Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians
and Pastor Stacy were featured on "Voices
of the Sacred Feminine" Radio Program
LIVE EVERY WEDNESDAY or LISTEN from the ARCHIVES ANYTIME!
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oice of the Sacred Drum
10:30 AM Sunday
Liturgy of the Divine Feminine
10:20 AM PreService Music
Sunday February 23
Music with Katie Ketchum and Vocal Divine
Guided Meditation led by Rev. Alice Martin
Children’s Participation in Word/Wisdom
Words of Inspiration by Pastor Stacy
Sing/dance the Our Mother
Organic and local yummies afterwards
Worship and Spiritual
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"There will never be full equality or justice for women and girls globally as long as the religions of
the world continue to personify the Holy Other (God) exclusively or unevenly as male either metaphorically or literally
and thus sustain the various forms of domination that are pursuant of that image." - Pastor Stacy Boorn, Ebenezer/herchurch
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Different recommended books and resources are listed
on each page of the website - enjoy browsing!
There are many resources listed
in these pages. Consider first that there are biblical images of God as female. Since this was so counter to the consciousness of the patriarchal system under which
the scriptures were written, they constitute a very strong argument for the inspired nature of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
We began with scripture
which identifies God/dess in many feminine terms: As a woman giving birth, a Nursing Mother, one with maternal activities
and even breasts, a midwife, the shekinah, the female homemaker, bakerwoman, Ezer, Sophia (the feminine personification of
Re-imaging God is very Lutheran
– Luther re-imaged God from the traditional angry God (Jesus) with a sword in one hand and a lily in the other
while seated above people being sent to hell. Via scripture and reason and trust,
Luther re-imaged a loving God of grace and forgiveness.
We suggest you read "Becoming
a Feminist Thologian of the Cross" by Deanna A. Thompson in Cross Examinations. Readings on the Meaning of the Cross
Today (Augsburg Fortress).
“The metaphor “Father,” used for God, occurs in every book of the New Testament except its shortest
work, 3 John. It is used for God over one hundred times in the Gospel of John
alone. It is, of course, a male metaphor, and leads those who read it to repeatedly
think of God as a male being... By repetition. However, all metaphors tend to lose their metaphorical meaning, and begin to
be understood as propositions, as literal statements. This has happened in the
church with the New Testament metaphor, “Father.” By speaking to
God, and referring to God again and again, as “Father,” one may begin to think of God, literally, as a “Father,”
hence also as a male being...”
General Introduction to The
New Testament and Psalms – An Inclusive Version, The Editors, including
Lutheran Theologian Dr. Victor Roland Gold. Oxford University
Press, © 1995
|Zoe and Leena
|photo by Angelina Cantada
A Julian of
Norwich for our day:
I do not need to seek God.
God is already here
waiting to be found,
soaked in my reality.
is to be one
of recognizing God, always.
and surfacing that presence
in my daily life.
--From A Mystical Heart
Rediscovering and Claiming the Feminine Soul
by Edwina Gateley