During the last half year I spent at the School of Theology I had gotten so fed up with HeHimHis God-talk that I started saying in classes, “God is not three guys in the sky.” I didn’t know then and don’t know now how much of this sank in to fellow classmates (I know professors fully understood the implications), but one day a man I assume was a seminarian handed me a little pamphlet entitled, “El Shaddai: A Feminine Aspect of God.” It was my introduction to a fascinating subject.
To speak of God (Ifray) with such terms as “he” and “Father” was totally inconsistent with their grammar and went against their whole notion of the creation (after all had a man ever given birth to a child?).
the blessings of the heavens above,the blessings of the abyss below,the blessings of breasts [shadayim] and womb[rahem]the blessings of fresh grain and blossoms,the blessings of the everlasting mountains,the delights of the eternal hills.**As I research this, I find variant spellings of the Hebrew words.
A Creed to Believe in, August 28
Jesus of Nazareth said the Reign of God is like seed sown on good ground and bad. The spiritual Realm, he said, is like a dragnet bringing up worthless and worthwhile. The Reign of God is like a tiny mustard seed that grows into a shrub large enough for birds to nest in. It is like yeast that spreads through a mass of dough to make it rise. Like buried treasure found and like treasure guarded from thief and moth. Like a pearl for which a merchant gives up all he has. These images of the spiritual Realm given by Jesus are found in Matthew 13 and Luke 12 and 13. They continue to pulse with vitality, open to a variety of interpretations but definitely not open to meaning an exclusive place ruled by a king or lord.
You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you,You forgot the God who writhed in labor pains with you.
I cry out like a woman in labor,I gasp and pant.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven. . . and became man.
I believe in God, the Mother Creator of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in the spiritual Realm, a never-failing treasure that thief cannot steal nor moth destroy (Lk 12:33).I believe in the spiritual Reign proclaimed by Jesus, seeding ground good and worthless, spreading like weeds, leavening like yeast through dough (Mt 13).
Male images forced on Christians create an idol in violation of the First Commandment. It also opposes the images of God's reign given us by Jesus and other prophets.We believe in one God who made us all and infuses all of life with the sacred.We believe in the multiple revelations of God, alive in every human heart.We believe in Jesus Christ, who leads us to the fullness of humanity, to what we are meant to become.We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of God on earth, who gives life to hearts of stone.Spirit speaks and gives meaning to the Word through time.We believe in one holy and universal church, joined together with the wholeness of creation.We acknowledge our need for forgiveness in the face of our frailties. We look for life eternal in ways we cannot dream, and trust that creation goes on creating in this world and in us forever. Amen.