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God, Faith, Women & Church: Exploring Feminist Spiritual Formation

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“I stand in my own power now, the questions of permission that I used to choke on for my every meal now dead in a fallen heap, and when they tell me that I will fall, I nod. I will fall, I reply, and

my words are a whisper
my words are a howl

I will fall, I say, and the tumbling will be all my own. The skinned palms and oozing knees are holy wounds, stigmata of my She.”

Beth Morey, Night Cycles: Poetry for a Dark Night of the Soul


Join us for a weekend of exploration into practices and ideas that support the development of feminine spiritual authority. We will practice Ignatian spiritual exercises, contemplative prayer, meditation, along with opportunities for critical reflection and discussion. This will be a sacred space for women forming or reconstituting their spiritual lives and identities that honors the in-dwelling feminine divine.

We will feature women artists and writers whose work demonstrate the intersection of feminist contemplation and action, including Rachel Hunt Steenblik, Page Turner, and Rachel Farmer (more info about them below).

A Saturday evening activity to a sing-along piano bar in NYC will be organized for those interested. (Minimal cost involved.)

When: November 3-5, 2017
Friday 6:30pm-10:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm

Where: CASE, 390 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013

Cost: $300

Snacks provided. Participants responsible for meals. (Several restaurants nearby.)

Limited need-based scholarships available. Contact wendy@wendychristiantherapy.com to apply.

Questions: email Wendy Christian at wendy@wendychristiantherapy.com

Rachel Farmer is a Brooklyn-based artist, originally from Provo, Utah. She received a BFA in ceramics from BYU (1995) and an MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1997). She works in a variety of media, often incorporating hand-built ceramic sculpture, photography and video. In addition, Rachel has worked in the field of art education for over 20 years, and is currently an educator for School Programs at both the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her show "Ancestors Traversing Quilts" is on display until September 10th, 2017, in Soho in NYC. Admission is free. Event details here:https://www.arthaps.com/m/show/ancestors-traversing-quilts-1

Rachel Hunt Steenblik researched Heavenly Mother full-time for the BYU Studies article, “ ‘A Mother There’: A Survey of Historical Teachings about Mother in Heaven.” She also authored Mother's Milk: Poems in Search of Heavenly Mother for By Common Consent Press, co-edited Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings for Oxford University Press, and writes at The Exponent blog. She is a PhD student in philosophy of religion at Claremont Graduate University, and has a BA in philosophy from Brigham Young University and an MS in library and information science from Simmons College. She lives just outside of New York City with her husband and tiny children.

Page Turner is an assemblage artist who collects items of deep personal meaning and creates delicate objects that honor the feminine. Raised as a devout Mormon, she looks to the Church and its complex history as inspiration. While she questions the patriarchal underpinnings and practices of the Church, she celebrates the Mormon sisterhood. Turner stitches objects together with family heirlooms, antique fabric, and other personal objects, by hand, to create delicate sculptural pieces infused with a new feminist aesthetic and a soulful reverence for her heritage. Turner has said, “My sewing box is full of treasures from women long forgotten. Paying respect to these sisters, I turn scraps back into sacred objects.” Indeed, Turner’s assemblages—many seemingly fragile and protected under bell jars—speak powerfully of the strong, enduring legacy of sisterhood. She has exhibited widely in Virginia, North Carolina, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. View a short video about how her Appalachian Mormon heritage informs her art here: https://youtu.be/N2v-JY9gttE

Gina Colvin PhD is Host of A Thoughtful Faith Podcast, Mormon Studies Scholar, Author and Critical and Cultural Studies Teacher. Wendy H. Christian, MA, LCSW, is a Psychoanalyst and Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Manhattan and is featured on A Thoughtful Faith episode, “Enmeshed Family Systems, Differentiation, and Faith Crisis” (episode number 171).



[Image: “Liberate Your Heart from the Cage of Fear,” Alice Popkorn.]

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