Sophia Wisdom Works in the World
In a world filled with injustice and violence, we long for a new sacred symbolism to inspire transformation. Our yearning includes a widespread hunger for visions of the Female Divine in church life and worship to restore gender balance and finally achieve just, equal and inclusive faith communities. This collection of engrossing narratives of women and men trying to change the institutional church - and society - illuminates how reclaiming multicultural female images of God extends beyond the sanctuary and into the community. Whether you're searching for your own place in the church or you want to explore this growing movement, these fascinating pioneers invite you to join the adventure of creating rituals that include Her, affirming the sacred value of all people and all creation. 'The Bible teaches that we are made in the image and likeness of God; therefore, I must believe that there is a male and female expression of God.. Claim your divinity and walk in it every day, because you are fearfully and wonderfully made.'-Rev. Dr. Susan Newman, 'Claiming Our Divinity'
For minister and teacher Aldredge-Clanton (Changing Church), including female names and images of God in liturgy is vital to social justice. She argues that utilizing female terminology and imagery is needed to overcome the harm caused by centuries of exclusively male language. Building on her previous books and blog, she introduces Christian clergy and lay people who are working to create theological and social change through new religious language. These stories highlight how the people whom she interviewed came to believe in the importance of gender-inclusive language, their struggles to change entrenched traditions, and their triumphs as they offer new ways of being, doing, and believing. Reflecting her claim that using female language for the divine can remedy oppression, she organizes her material in such categories as gender equality, racial equality, and marriage equality. Practical resources, including hymns, prayers, and a list of feminist churches, are woven throughout. This book is not an academic exploration of an important topic but it does provide an intimate look at those working to create inclusive, feminist theologies and a more just world.