Goddess Basics 

 Women's Spirituality Studies 

From the Cakes for the Queen of Heaven website:

 

“Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” is a woman honoring adult RE curriculum by Rev. Shirley Ranck, consisting of two interactive workshop series. The first, “In Ancient Times” is a 5-week series which examines the archeological evidence of Goddess worship in prehistoric cultures. The second, “On the Threshold” is a 6-week series that reclaims the stories of powerful women in ancient Judaism and early Christianity. In both series, participants are encouraged to share their personal experiences and beliefs. A threshold is a point of transition between two places, spaces or points in time. “On the Threshold” explores several threshold stories. Did the matriarchs of Genesis - Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel - live on a threshold? As priestesses of an old Mesopotamian religion, did they struggle to maintain customs of matrilineal descent and powerful female influence at a time when newer patriarchal ways were taking over? Did Mary Magdalene occupy a similar threshold in the very early days of Christianity? The Gnostic Christians believed she was not only an Apostle, but a leader among the Apostles; yet their writings have been excluded from the New Testament. The woman who came to be known as St. Brigit was the daughter of a pagan chieftain. She too, lived on an historic threshold between the old Celtic religion and the new Christian religion which was taking over the land. These ancient women lived on thresholds between an earlier social order which accorded women power and respect, and a newer patriarchal social order. Over time, women lost power and respect again and again, until the divine spirit could no longer be personified as female. Today, do we too stand upon a threshold between an earlier social order and a new world view? “On the Threshold” reclaims stories from the past and celebrates the new world-view and thealogy that is emerging today.

 Triple Goddess / Moon Goddess / Earth Goddess 

Here is a link to an excellent historical article on the "Divine Feminine" or Great Mother:

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