“Why is there only God the Father? Why isn’t there God the Mother?” Most people have probably wondered about this at least once while reading the Bible, even if they are not Christians.” (or Jews). Not many verses in the Bible directly talk about the existence of God the Mother, but there are many verses that express the femininity of God, which accounts for God the Mother.”
“…the more I looked into the Bible, the more curious I got rather than become closer to the truth. Reading Genesis 1:26 which states, ‘Let us make man in our IMAGE, in our likeness,’ I wondered who else was part of ‘us’ except God the Father? When I read Revelation 22 where the ‘bride’ appears, I was confused whether or not the bride meant a catholic priest (because the two words ‘bride’ and ‘catholic priest’ are spelt the same in the Korean language). I was full of questions. I asked my elder sister who went to church. She told me that if I tried to figure out the Bible, I would not grow in faith.” Then “After finding out the existence of [God-the-] Mother, I had all my questions answered.”
“‘Because of the solidarity that both God the Mother and I are the same gender, female, and experience the same maternity, I am able to understand Mother just as a daughter understands her mother.’ She said that she came to truly understand how God created His children on earth and how much God loves them, believing in the existence of Mother.”
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Spent yesterday with Bishop Carol Parrish, one of my spiritual teachers from the 1990s. She was consecrated an Independent Sacramental (Catholic) bishop a couple of years ago not long after my own consecration. The ISM is still the only “catholic” movement allowing woman-bishops and priests, although the Anglicans finally have a few. The amount of female bishops is growing in North America, even if it is not in the rest of the world. Now if only my other favorite teacher, Margaret Starbird, would let us make her an Independent Sacramental Bishop…. hee hee. Time to join the episcopate, Margaret!
I often long for a feminine form of the word bishop we could use (just like I long for more feminine vestments and especially miters for us!). In the Greek Bible the word for bishop is episkopo, right? So episkopa would be woman-bishop?
One of many things we talked about yesterday was the Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Jean-Yves LeLoup which +Carol is currently reading. It was a significant study for me and my own formation as a woman priest when I read it in 2004 — suggested by Margaret. +Carol is just now discovering his work and says she really appreciates the way Leloup answers any naysayers and critics by putting the original text on one page, and the translation on the facing page. His translation and commentary are so inspiring. I am going to have to go dig out my copy right now.
Bishop Carol is teaching a workshop tomorrow at the Temple of the Living God in St. Petersburg where she’s been coming every year for the past 40 years, which is basically most of my life… She really is amazing the way she keeps on working decade after decade.