The children gather wood and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead the dough to make cakes to the Queen of Heaven and to pour out libations to other gods, in order to anger me! -- Jeremiah, 7:17-18

Welcome! Here you will find articles about activities related to the new Cakes for the Queen of Heaven curriculum and its use in Unitarian Universalist congregations and in other organizations. This site is a combined effort of Unitarian Universalist Women and Religion core group and various Cakes and W&R groups.

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Event: 'Cakes Pt I In Toronto Canada For Women And Men' Print
  Cakes classes
This is where Cakes classes are being held
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 6:45 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
Contact Info:
Email: cakesforthequeenofheaven@gmail.com
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CAKES FOR THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN “Not to be missed”! An exciting program that examines important elements of our lives today that would be different if, when growing up, the divine had been imaged as female. Sponsored by the Womynspirit group at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto (175 St. Clair West at Avenue Road)

IN ANCIENT TIMES – Cakes Part I Wednesdays – Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, 2012 6:45 pm – 9:30 pm - in the Spirit Play Room (room 205)

NEW: This year we welcome men, as well as women, to join in “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven”. There is much that we, not just as men but as whole evolving people, can re-examine, re-learn and realize through the Cakes for the Queen of Heaven program. How might our perspectives on life, history and the divine be enriched by exploring these teachings? Imagine how life would have been different for our fathers and grandfathers if they had known the ways of the mothers and grandmothers. Cakes for the Queen of Heaven is a woman-honouring course that’s not just about history and archaeology; it’s also about women’s issues in a patriarchal society. It is about women’s spiritual heritage. “Cakes” was developed as part of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) adult religious education program. Come and participate in this joyful and educational workshop series. You are invited to share your own experiences and beliefs. Together we’ll create sacred space and work to change our stories. “It matters what we know – it matters what we believe.” (Sophia Lyon Fahs, 1952)

Here’s what past participants had to say: “Cakes was a unique opportunity for me to learn and share information and experience about female divinity ... in a supportive group, face to face, dance to dance. …we were awed at [the goddess’] ancient history, her underground history and her current relevance...” –Ysabeault

"Cakes was truly eye-opening to me and provided me with a new perspective from which to view biblical and pre-biblical female icons. As a new visitor to First Unitarian, Cakes provided me with a much needed connection to ... the UU community." - Amy

Facilitators: Ryan Cvirik & Debbie Kirkland (and participants are involved in presenting each session) Fee: $30. Sliding scale. Nobody will miss this due to financial barriers.

Any questions? Would like more information? Contact: Debbie Kirkland at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 416-275-8359

For more background: http://www.cakesforthequeenofheaven.org/

Some further details: IN ANCIENT TIMES introduces participants to ancient Goddesses, weaving their stories together with major concerns of women today. The six-session adult religious education curriculum includes an introductory section featuring author Shirley's Ranck's "Statement of Feminist Thealogy," Elinor Artman's "Brief Herstory of Cakes," and Nancy Vedder-Shults "Baking Cakes for the Queen of Heaven." The themes of the Session Plans are: The Sacred Female In the Name of the Mother and the Daughter Womanpower The First Turning-From Goddess to God Reclaiming Women's Heritage of Peace. Resources include supplementary essays by a number of important authors, a list of highly recommended materials, and the sheet music of songs by Carole Eagleheart and Ann Forfreedom for us to sing along our journey. Participants will be asked to participate in presenting the material from week to week, as this has been found to enrich the experience of the course. It is important that all participants try to attend regularly. We look forward to meeting you ! Email the registration form below to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Registration form

CAKES FOR THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN Part 1, IN ANCIENT TIMES - Fall 2012

Name: _____________________________________

Phone: _____________________________________

Email: ______________________________________

Mailing Address: _____________________________

___________________________________________

Where did you hear about this course? _____________________________

Registration fee* enclosed: _______________ (or bring to first session)

*Registration fee $30. for fall segment (Part 1), sliding scale. (payable to First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto). We encourage those who are able to donate a little more. If you would like to register using Canada Post mail, please send the registration form to: Debbie Kirkland 1-144 Times Road Toronto, ON M6B 3M4 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



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