Explore the Divine Feminine with the Goddess Group

The Goddess Group is a circle of women who are exploring their inner goddess through appreciation and participation in the arts, everything from crafts to fine art, to gardening and nature walks, to singing and dancing and drumming, to reading and writing, to cooking and sewing.  The group formed following study of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s curricula about thealogy (the study of the feminine aspect of the Divine, i.e. the Goddess), “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” and “Rise Up and Call Her Name.”  Ritual, conversation, sharing, and caring are part of the group’s ongoing ministry to each other.

Meeting Time and Schedule:

The group typically meets the third Sunday, at 1:30 pm at the Fellowship (the exact space will be determined following the completion of the building project). For more information on The Goddess Group, contact Myrna Adams West, at myrnaaw@bellsouth.net  or 770/725-5397,  or Vivian Preston Sellers, at vpsellers@gmail.com.

Please note: Occasionally it is necessary to change the meeting times because of other activities at the Fellowship. Myrna will try to let you know in plenty of time when that is going to happen. This year we are in the midst of a building project that will require the closing of the Fellowship Hall and other spaces where Goddess Group meets.  Please watch this space and your email for notices of changes in meeting space.

 

2018 Summer/Fall Activities for Goddess Group

 August 19:   Pool Party & Salad Potluck at the home of June Lovenbury Warfield.

September 16:      Poetry with Clela: how to blend poetry (poetic language/universal truths) with narrative details. Participants may choose their heroine or goddess ahead of time and bring some biographical info with them. Modern day heroines–“real” (as opposed to mythical) women, even unrecognized heroines like your third-grade teacher or your Aunt Sally, are good choices.

October 21: Deedra Climer: Death and the Goddess

November 18:  TBA (If you have an idea for a program, please let Myrna know.)

December 15 or 16:  Tea with the Goddess at Myrna’s house.  Reservations required.

The Goddess in the 21st Century

New Goddess Group Course continues on third Sundays in 2019:

In Cakes for the Queen of Heaven and Rise Up & Call Her Name, courses from UU Women in Religion (UUWR) which have previously been offered through the UUFA Goddess Group, we have learned much about the Goddess.  We have seen how she is represented in cultures around the world from ancient times into the 20th Century.

On third Sundays of January through July 2018, we offered a new course entitled The Goddess in the 21st Century.  This course, developed by members of the UUFA Goddess Group, focuses on some of the wonderful women on whose shoulders we stand and introduces us to some modern manifestations of the Goddess.

We introduced the new curriculum in January 2018 with a session that reviewed what we had learned in Cakes for the Queen of Heaven and Rise Up & Call Her Name. In February we explored “Connecting Our Bodies with the Goddess Within.”  In March we met a modern interpretation of Santa Muerte (Saint Death), an obscure, miracle-working folk saint in Mexico who is emerging as an important goddess in the underground cultures of New York City and Los Angeles. Our April session presented “The American Woman (from Pocahontas to Michelle Obama).”  In May we examined “Female Images in Advertising.” “Nina Sings the Blues,” in June, introduced us to a short animated film that tells the ancient tale of the Ramayana, a breakup story that most of us can relate to. At an Iced Tea Party in July, we celebrated our personal Sheroes, ranging from aunts and mothers to important historical and literary  figures to the notorious RBG.

We are currently developing Part 2 of The Goddess in the 21st Century. Watch this space for more information.

All sessions, unless otherwise noted, will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, 780 Timothy Road, Athens, GA. Most sessions will begin at 1:30 pm.

The Goddess Group is open to all women of UUFA, including members, friends, and visitors, as well as women in the greater Athens area.

For more information, please contact Myrna at myrnaaw@bellsouth.net.

 

Please note:  Occasionally it is necessary to change the meeting times because of other activities at the Fellowship.  Myrna will try to let you know in plenty of time when that is going to happen.

 

Projects and Activities

Current Outreach Project:  End-of-the-year Holiday gifts for a DFACS girl

Periodic Sunday Services on the Goddess:  From time to time the Goddess Group presents a Sunday Service honoring the Goddess (such as Earth Day or Mother’s Day) or presents a service to share what has been learned in the study of the Goddess.

Course Offerings

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Cakes for the Queen of Heaven Part 1:  In Ancient Times & Part 2:  On the Threshold:  Courses created for those who are interested in exploring women’s religious history, the discussion focuses on significant religious issues of Judaism and Christianity, and access to power; describing the ways in which these issues have affected our culture.  Attitudes derived from religious philosophy and beliefs have had a profound effect on interpersonal relationships among women and men and on family patterns.  They have had an equally profound effect on the power structures of all the institutions in our society.  This program provides a vehicle by which adults may examine the historical roots of these phenomena and move toward affecting change in our society where that is judged to be desirable and necessary.

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Rise Up & Call Her Name:  A Woman-Honoring Journey into Global Earth-Based Spiritualities is a journey of thought and activity.  It carries numerous qualities.  Most important among these are–

  • Bringing awareness of the processes of nature into our contemporary spiritual life
  • Nurturing self-respect in women and respect for women in men by making known the range of emotions and actions attributed to female deities and the respect accorded them in many spiritual traditions
  • Expanding respect for Earth-based spiritual traditions as well as the Earth-honoring aspects of several well-known religious belief systems
  • Opening doors to cross-cultural interaction by fostering an appreciation for the richness of diversity

Becoming Women of Wisdom:  Marking the Passage into the Crone Years:  This new thirteen-circle curriculum is designed to prepare women to take on the important role of Wise Women in their communities.  Becoming a Wise Woman takes time and can be enriched by being in dialogue with other women.  The creators of this curriculum have developed a process that involves monthly gatherings to explore what it means to become a crone, culminating in a ritual celebrating our new status as Women of Wisdom.  The curriculum is designed to open participants to the power, wisdom, and insight of the mature self and to challenge us to use our wisdom for the good of the world through action and compassion.