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THE FEMININE FACE OF THE HOLY ONE: #METOO by J. Patrick Mahon
5 Sessions, Thursday, October 10 – November 7, 1:10 pm – 3:10 pm
In many indigenous religions, feminine deities are dominant. In Western Christianity, patriarchy has ruled. The Roman Church turned Mary Magdalen, the first witness to the resurrection, into a prostitute after a few centuries. In the 21st century, theologians are rediscovering the divine feminine. Putting a feminine face of the divinity has important consequences. In the interim, Mary, the mother of Jesus, was the feminine face of the Holy One. Repeatedly Mary shows up in apparitions to people who are oppressed and distressed--Knock in Ireland, Guadalupe in Mexico, Cobre in Cuba, Fatima in Portugal, and Lourdes in France. In some cases, syncretism has occurred. Mary has been closely associated with various indigenous goddesses. In essence and symbolically, the Divine Feminine is the face of the Holy One. Biblically, Wisdom has been the face of the Holy One, standing by and witnessing the Creator at work. One class session will be devoted to a study of Trappist Thomas Merton's Hagia Sophia-- a poetic celebration of Wisdom, the Divine Feminine.
J. Patrick Mahon, is a happily retired high school principal. He and his wife Joan live in Young Harris and winter in Titusville, FL. Pat has a B.A. in Philosophy and a S.T.B. in Theology from St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, MD. He has a M.Ed in Psychology and Guidance from Loyola University, Baltimore. He also has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. He is an avid reader, has travelled widely and has an abiding interest in religious studies and spirituality.