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
see flyer info
“Sounds of Healing ”
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.
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
"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
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)
living Goddesses and
works of Marija Gimbutas.
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Portola Dr. SF
|Myrtos Goddess - Crete 2,400 BCE
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
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."
Women Need the Goddess by Carol Christ
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
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
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!
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!
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
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
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 Theology. Each of the class sessions include instruction, writing prompts, and in-class
|Empower Women Artists!
Spirit, Body and Soul Workouts- Spotlights:
A Woman's Eye
678 Portola Dr.
Noon - 5 PM
other times by
Adjacent to the Purple Church
the Gallery is Red
(park in church lot)
Dr. SF (near Woodside)
|Kara leads workshop on movement and 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.
|Deborah at Retreat
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
Heart of Christianity by Marcus J. Borg
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
and others may be borrowed from our "Book Nook" on Sunday mornings in the entryway to the church. (8:30 AM
- 12:30 PM)
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)
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:
"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
Carries Me by Jennifer Berezan. Edge of Wonder Records
"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