My Religion Needs Feminism Because

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“Lady Wisdom” Art by Melanie Rogers

My religion needs feminism

because I am a girl.

My religion needs feminism

because we are women, mothers, daughters, sisters, and grandmothers.

My religion needs feminism

because the Bible says, “Let us create humanity in our image,” but the majority of Christians only worship the He part.

My religion needs feminism

because Jesus stood up for women, but the early church fathers and 2000 years of Christian tradition has deified and canonized men’s voices, while highlighting the Roman kingly virtures of strength, power, perfection, rule, victory and might.

My religion needs feminism

because trying to be perfect and victorious is not good for me or my community or the planet.

My religion needs feminism

because I used to think woman was the source of evil,

because many people still think she is.

My religion needs feminism

because Eve has been blamed for too long,

because eating from the Tree of Knowledge has many benefits, as does curiosity.

My religion needs feminism

because the female body is no less holy than the male.

My religion needs feminism

because Jesus told us to take his body, but it is our bodies that have been taken.

My religion needs feminism

because when I nursed my children I knew what Jesus meant when he said my flesh is food indeed.

My religion needs feminism

because everyday sexism still exists, because some interpretations of the Bible actually encourage it,

because my seminary still discussed whether or not women should be ordained.

My religion needs feminism

because Mary’s virginity was never the point.

My religion needs feminism

because the Bible reveals God in the feminine form as Shekinah, Lady Wisdom, and Sophia, and countless women but it still sounds weird to say, “Dear Mother,” or “In Her name we pray”

because I’ve never prayed to a She at church. Ever. (And I’ve been to MANY).

My religion needs feminism

because I want to pray to Her, but it still feels so strange to pray this way,

because I want to pray with others until it sounds completely natural, completely knee-jerk,

until She’s not just an idea, but an incarnation.

My religion needs feminism

because I’m so tired of doing mental gymnastics to translate the imperial masculine church words into the Living Word that speaks to me.

My religion needs feminism

because we are neither whole nor holy without Her.

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3 responses to “My Religion Needs Feminism Because

  1. relapsedcatholic

    I loved reading this. I have always felt that Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary have never gotten their due in mainline Christianity. I would be no more offended to pray to God our mother as to God our father. In fact I would quite enjoy watching the old folks head’s spin.

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