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Available at herchurch: Lana Dalberg’s new book, Birthing God: Women’s Experience of the Divine, in which 40 women of faith describe inspirational, Spirit-filled moments: a midwife celebrates Goddess birthing the world again; a South Korean student feels divine hands supporting her despite excruciating torture; a grieving pastor walks a labyrinth and rediscovers the Rock of her existence. Diverse and compelling, the women’s stories inspire readers to reflect and deepen their own spiritual practices. www.womenspiritandfaith.com

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Order at

http://www.skylightpaths.com/page/product/978-1-59473-480-9 

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“Sounds of Healing ” 

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 Jennifer Berezan is a unique blend of singer/ songwriter, producer, and activist. Over the course of ten albums, she has developed and explored recurring themes with a rare wisdom. Her lifelong involvement in environmental, women’s, and other justice movements as well as an interest in Buddhism and earth-based spirituality are at the heart of her writing.Her intense and personal approach to music as a transforming experience has brought her strong rapport with audiences from small clubs to large festivals throughout North America and Europe. Her ground breaking work as a recording artist and teacher has established her as a leading voice in the field of music and healing and she is an acclaimed producer of large scale multi-cultural ecstatic musical events. She teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco in the department of Philosophy and Religion. Her on-going class (since 1997) is entitled “the Healing Ecstasy of Sound” and explores music as a spiritual practice from a wide range of cross cultural, traditional and contemporary perspectives.
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http://www.edgeofwonder.com/home

  

 

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How are faith communities who include multicultural images of the Divine Feminine changing church and society?

Through the fascinating stories of pioneering ministers and faith communities, Changing Church reveals a unique picture of progressive changes occurring in the Christian tradition. Stacy Boorn, pastor of herchurch in San Francisco, is among the ministers featured in this book.

 

Visit Jann’s BLOG

http://jannaldredgeclanton.com/blog/

"What does it mean to transform Christian language for prayer and liturgy to really include female symbols for the Divine? This is the question Jann Aldredge-Clanton asked in writing this book. To answer this question she did interviews with twelve innovative ministers from seven denominations. These interviews give compelling testimony of the transformation that happens for religious communities when language for the Divine is really affirmed in both genders." Rosemary Radford Ruether, Claremont Graduate University, author of Integrating Ecofeminism, Globalization, and World Religions

DEFINITION OF CRONE: Crone is…the power, passion, and purpose of ancient female wisdom…the crowning triple phase of the ancient Triple Goddess: Maiden/Mother/Crone. Joyous, outrageous, real, and at ease, living from the inside out. The Crone’s title was related to the word crown and she represented the power of the ancient tribal matriarch who made the moral and legal decisions for her subjects and descendants. It was the medieval metamorphosis of the wise woman into the witch that changed the word Crone from a compliment to an insult and established the stereotype of malevolent old womanhood that continues to haunt elder women today. -- Barbara Walker, The Crone (Women of Age, Wisdom and Power)

 

 

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The living Goddesses and

the works of Marija Gimbutas.

Next Course TBA

Sunday 4:00 - 5:30 PM

AWE Gallery Annex

678 Portola Dr.  SF

Myrtos Goddess - Crete 2,400 BCE
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Marija Gimbutas’ work on the Neolithic cultures of old Europe (6500 – 3500 BCE) reveals evidence of peaceful, woman-honoring, Goddess-worshiping, and egalitarian civilization that existed for thousands of years without war. 

 

we recommend you read: 

“The Living Goddesses” by Marija Gimbutas. 

 

www.gimbutas.org

 

What implications does Goddess worship of Old Europe (including the Minoans of Crete, 3,000 – 1,400 BCE) have for our spirituality and the various religious traditions we have grown up with or presently claim?    

 

Look at the language of the Goddess found in art, symbols, egalitarian and matrilineal/focal communities and rituals.  We are reclaiming "She Who Is."

 

Introductory reading:

Why Women Need the Goddess by Carol Christ

 

http://www.goddessariadne.org/whywomenneedthegoddess.htm

 

 

 

SFNOW is the San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization for Women.  The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.  www.sfnow.org

 

 

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Women with women... and “She Who Is”

each first Friday of the month

shared food, friendship and spirituality!


FRIDAY NIGHT GROUP FOR WOMEN meets at 7 PM - 10 PM once a month (usually the first Friday) for women who want to BE TOGETHER....explore thealogy, faith, and spirituality: claim and celebrate the Sacred Feminine in our lives and world .... relax and laugh!. We create a safe and sacred space where we can speak freely, think creatively, ask questions, and open our hearts and minds to new hopes and possibilities...and/or JUST BE!  Schedule:

December 13 – Dinner by Pastor Stacy at

        the AWE Gallery Annex

 SoulCollage
 
Join Jennifer Mantle, friend of herchurch, for a fun, soulful session of creating your own deck of wisdom cards using collage! Called SoulCollage(r), this insightful process gives voice to our inner selves, with often surprising results! Read all about SoulCollage(r) at www.SoulCollage.com Everyone is welcome to join! No art experience or prior knowledge necessary! *First session FREE for herchurch members!* As a thank you for hosting us, herchurch members are invited to come to their first SoulCollage(r) session for free, or to attend an all day play shop for approximately 1/2 price!
Sessions are approximately once a month on a Sunday, beginning at 1pm and wrapping up around 4pm. Look for flyers in the church entry way or check for emails from Stacy with details! 

You can also find Jennifer and her offerings on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SoulFullPlay or Meetup: www.meetup.com/SoulFullPlay-SoulCollage-Gathering/

Join Jennifer's newsletter, Cuppa Soul, to stay informed about upcoming events and get inspired! She writes about connecting to the Divine within, sacred art including SoulCollage(r), and other divine and inspiring things. http://eepurl.com/jqeVv

Jennifer A. Mantle is a SoulCollage(r) facilitator, ordained priestess, licensed minister, a Reiki practitioner, and a Sign Language interpreter. She has a Master’s degree in Women’s Spirituality. Contact her at Jennifer@SoulFullPlay.com

SPIRIT-CENTERED WRITING  

WRITING CLASSES AT HERCHURCH

NEXT session TBA. , Ebenezer/herchurch will be hosting creative writing classes led by Lana Dalberg. Lana is a member of our church community and holds an MFA in Writing and an MA in TheologyEach of the class sessions include instruction, writing prompts, and in-class writing exercises.

 

Empower Women Artists!
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Spirit, Body and Soul Workouts- Spotlights:
 

supporting:

AWEGallery.com

 

A Woman's Eye

Gallery

678 Portola Dr.

 

Saturday and Sunday

Noon - 5 PM

 

other times by

appointment

415-265-8237

 

Adjacent to the Purple Church

the Gallery is Red and Yellow!

(park in church lot)

678 Portola Dr.  SF (near Woodside)

 

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Kara leads workshop on movement and spirituality

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Spirituality is about paying attention, looking carefully, breathing deeply, uniting with the divine, starting anew and attending again.  It involves self, relationships and community.  It is concerned with justice, the earth and right relations.

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Deborah at Retreat
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Recommended reading:

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd

Rebirth of the Goddess by Carol P. Christ.

Living in the Lap of the Goddess by Cynthia Eller

She Who Changes, Re-Imagining the Divine in the World by Carol Christ

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess - by Leonard Shlain

Mary Magdalene - Beyond the Myth by Esther De Boer.

The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lerner

The Creation of Feminist Consciousness by Gerde Lerna

Return of the Great Goddess by Burleigh Muten

The Heart of Christianity by Marcus J. Borg

Sexism and God-Talk by Rosemary Radford Ruther

When God Was A Woman by Merlin Stone

Saving Jesus From Those Who Are Right by Carter Heyward

Beads of Faith by Susannah Marriot and Gray Henry

In Search of the Christa-Sophia by Jann Aldredge-Clanton

Church in the Round, Feminist Interpretation of the Church by Letty Russell

THESE BOOKS and others may be borrowed from our "Book Nook" on Sunday mornings in the entryway to the church.  (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)

LITURGICAL PRAYERS:

Seasons of the Divine Cycle A (also B, C) - Christian Feminist Prayers for the Liturgical Cycle.  by Mary Kathleen Speegle Schmitt

Praising God: The Trinity in Christian Worship.  By Ruth Duck and Patricia Wilson-Kastner

WORSHIP and MUSIC

Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians  by Jann Aldredge-Clanton with composer Larry E. Schultz  to purchase book contact Jann Aldredge-Clanton or Eakin Press (1-800-880-8642)

Recorded Music and Music Anthologies with words and music by Miriam Therese Winter and the Women's Leadership Institute or Medical Missions Sisters.  CDs and Books.  Ordering information at:

http://www.mtwinter.hartsem.edu/

"Soul Songs of the Labyrinth" and other CDs featuring LISA RAFEL.  Lisa is a chanter, writer, Tibetan Bowl/Bell performer, sound and energy healer.  Her work includes ancient and shamanic religious wisdom, traditions and cultures.  www.lisarafel.com   

She Carries Me by Jennifer Berezan. Edge of Wonder Records

http://www.edgeofwonder.com/catalog_music.html

 

"Her warm, smoky voice and conversationally poetic lyrics turn each piece
into an open-ended quest. Rhythmically compelling, story driven songs." -- San Francisco Chronicle

 

"Jennifer's work is transformative and healing... a much needed addition to the world of sacred music" --Olympia Dukakis

 

 

 

 

Ebenezer/herchurch Lutheran
678 Portola Dr. San Francisco, CA 94127
Call 415-731-2953

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