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When God Is a woman

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

My spiritual director once told me if your God image is no longer helpful to you, get a new one. I was raised Catholic and loved the church. When I went to college in the 1970s my Catholic education did not prepare me for the realities of history.

When I learned of the church’s complicity in destroying indigenous cultures and its support for slavery, I concluded God could not be in that church. I shook the dust from my feet and no longer attended services. I eventually became agnostic.

Many years later, after a dramatic conversion experience, I realized what had caused me to lose faith was that I had been projecting my emotional makeup onto God. I couldn’t imagine a God who would stay faithful to her people when such heinous crimes had been done in the name of Jesus.

I spent 12 years in the spiritual desert only to discover that God is infinitely bigger than I thought possible. When I image God as a woman, I experience God as all merciful, inclusive, deeply nurturing, radically welcoming, without judgement and tenacious. It is important to be able to access God as mother as well as father for a fuller understanding of who God is.

Limiting God’s expression as male only, has led many to see God as distant, punitive, capricious and judgmental. Humans become like the God we worship. Imagine the policies our government would implement if we were truly followers of the God of Jesus. It would be a revolution unlike any other. Then we would become a great nation.

I invite you to join Free Spirit Inclusive Catholic Community as we read and explore Richard Rohr’s book, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation beginning on Sunday, Aug. 18. Contact me at all826@suddenlink.net to register.

Ann Harrington

Greenville

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