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 in the Fellowship Hall. For more information on The Goddess Group, contact Myrna Adams West, Lay Minister Emerita, at myrnaaw@bellsouth.net  or 770/725-5397,  or Vivian Preston Sellers, Lay Minister for Lifespan Development, at lifespan2@uuathensga.org, or Aleta Turner, Lay Minister Emerita, at aletamosquito@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 anticipating 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.

 

The Goddess in the 21st Century

New Goddess Group Course offering January-June 2018:

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 will offer a new course entitled The Goddess in the 21st Century.  This course, developed by members of the UUFA Goddess Group, will focus on some of the wonderful women on whose shoulders we stand and will introduce us to some modern manifestations of the Goddess.

The kickoff of the new curriculum is January 21 at 1:30 pm. This first session will set the stage by reviewing what we have learned about ancient Goddesses and making some comparisons to modern women.  All sessions, unless otherwise noted, will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, 780 Timothy Road, Athens, GA. Most sessions will begin at 1:30 pm.

January 21:  “Where did she come from? What is she? Where is she going?” Myrna Adams West, Facilitator:  Let’s review what we know about the Goddess and preview what this new course is all about.

February 18:  “Connecting Our Bodies with the Goddess Within,” Leigh Harvey, Facilitator

March 18:  “Discovering Santa Muerta,” Mary Overton Beall, Facilitator

April 15:  “The American Woman (from Pocahontas to Michelle Obama),” Rosemary Wood, Facilitator

May 20:  “Female Images in Advertising,” Karen Solheim, Facilitator: Is the image of the modern goddess flattering as she is portrayed in advertising?  Let’s take a look at the female images in advertising to see what has been and is currently portrayed and what improvements, if any, can be made.

June  17:  “Sita Sings the Blues, A Modern Image in Media,” Aleta Turner, Facilitator

July 15: “Personal Goddesses/Sheroes,” with an Iced Tea Party at the home of Vivian Preston Sellers, Facilitator: This session will be a summertime version of the annual Goddess Tea, but with a personal twist. Each person who comes will be asked to represent a personal Goddess/Shero in some way and explain why this particular woman/goddess is meaningful to her.

Please let Myrna (myrnaaw@bellsouth.net) know if you are interested in participating in these sessions (You do not have to attend all.) so that we will know how many to prepare for.  She will add your name and email address to the list of participants so that you will receive reminders and copies of readings, etc.

In this course, developed by members of the UUFA Goddess Group, we will explore the following questions:

  1. Where did the Goddess come from, how did we get to the current understanding, at least at UUFA, of the Goddess?
  2. How are we doing in teaching/learning about the feminine aspects of the divine?
  3. Is the Goddess alive and well?
  4. How is the Goddess represented in modern American culture through cinema, advertising, and other modern media?
  5. What can we learn from new images and depictions of the Goddess?
  6. How do we see the aspects of the Goddess manifested in modern women?

We will explore these questions through video, reading, writing, discussion, art, music, crafts, foods, and other media.

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

For more information, please contact one of the course creators/facilitators listed above.

 

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

148_Cakes4web

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.

RiseUp_Cover_sm

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.