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20 March 2009


The goddess and the gospel church - preview
Last summer I had the opportunity to attend two very different religious celebrations, the Glastonbury Goddess Conference and London’s Hillsong Church, whose organisers would probably have seen the organisers of the other as not only greatly mistaken, but dangerous and perhaps even evil

  • I was called to attend the Glastonbury Goddess Conference by the feeling that whilst I believed ‘God’ to be gender neutral, I none the less moved among Christian circles that were highly influenced by a patriarchal view of God and that I should do something to counterbalance this
  • What I found there was a group of committed individuals looking both backwards towards goddess myths and legends and forwards, with a great deal of psychological insight, to the establishment of an alternative, feminine conception of the divine
  • Meeting with my totem animal gave me the opportunity to celebrate one of the Goddess’s many aspects and to confront my own personal perceptions of myself
  • Giving thanks to the Goddess our Mother allowed for greater tenderness and intimacy than the praise and fear usually associated with God’s male side
  • However probably the greatest experience for me was the opportunity to act out in dance, song, prayer and ritual a journey into my own spiritual realm, to seek out what the Goddess meant to me and respond directly to that

  • Simon Beard

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