Cakes Part I In St. Joseph Michigan ( 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm )
“CAKES for the QUEEN of HEAVEN: a Seminar Series in Feminist Thealogy”
A two-series religious educational curriculum in feminist thealogy for women and mature teenage girls created by Unitarian Universalist Women and Religion
The class meets weekly from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will begin October 15th. Cost of the class is $0 - $10 (sliding scale) to cover cost of materials.
Contact: Renee Kauffman:
for more information and to register.
The Cakes for the Queen of Heaven course has dramatically changed Unitarian Universalist women and the denomination through its focus on the Goddess. This curriculum is a woman-honoring, adult religious education curriculum that examines pre-Judeo-Christian cultures that may have worshiped the female as divine, their stories and traditions. The concepts of equality and reverence for the female in a religious setting are eye-opening to many participants.
SERIES ONE - “In Ancient Times”
Remembering the ancient world religious myths and symbols where female images and experiences were central and primary to life; exploring the psychological and social importance to women today of reclaiming our female religious heritage
Session 1 “The Sacred Female” — honor female ancestors; individual attitudes toward the female body/female sexuality; veneration of the female in ancient times
Session 2 “In the Name of the Mother and the Daughter” — the ancient Demeter-Persephone myth; viewing mother/daughter relationships in light of this myth; Goddess lore; compare ancient view of the celebration of women’s life stages with that of contemporary society
Session 3 “Womanpower” — myths supporting social structures; world's first recorded woman poet; woman’s power today
Session 4 “The First Turning - The Shift from Goddess to God” — loss of female power; ways we lose/give away power personally.
Session 5 “Reclaiming Women's Heritage of Power” — the peace of ancient matristic civilizations; ending the violence in our personal and global lives
Holiday Season Break … Restore - Rethink - Reclaim
Series TWO - “On The Threshold”
Discovering female imagery/presence ignored in Judaism and Christianity; looking at the painful suppression of female experience in Western religious tradition; relating our personal discoveries/experience to our individual identities; exploring new world view/thealogy for the future
Session 1 “The Hebrew Goddess” — how language/symbols have erased female presence; female imagery in biblical tradition; what new language and imagery can mean to us in our lives today.
Session 2 “Sarah, the Priestess” — ways to give voices to the women of the biblical tradition; giving voice to participants’ own experience as the basis for a new thealogy
Session 3 “The Apostle Mary” — Mary Magdalene as an apostle; views of early varieties of Christianity respectful and supportive of women’s religious power; reexamining our own religious journeys
Session 4 “The Virgin Mary” — the nature of the image that has been created of Mary and the effects of that image on women today; images we create for ourselves as women
Session 5 “Witchcraft” — “The Burning Times,” the women’s holocaust; world-wide brutalization of women that followed the establishment of patriarchal religions; especially the European witch craze; contemporary religious movements that focus on women and their experience of the sacred; similarities between the world view of witchcraft and that of ourselves
Session 6 “Intentions” — the new world-view that has emerged in recent decades; our hopes are for ourselves for the institutions of our society; share our dreams of the future for ourselves and for society; and…. Graduation Party Celebrating the Completion of this Stage of Sacred Education