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The Great Challenge of Our Time: Defining a New Story
Wed 3 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
The third and final lecture in our "Exploring Aspects of the Feminine Divine" Series is entitled The Great Challenge of Our Time: Defining a New Story.
Please note there has been a change to the original date. The lecture will be taking place on Wednesday 3rd May and not the 10th.
The greatest challenge of our time is the need to rescue the soul and heal the split between spirit and matter, so deeply embedded in the three patriarchal religions and reductionist science. It is to ask and answer the questions: who are we and why are we here? It is to recover and redeem the Feminine Principle, knowing the history of how and why it was rejected and how, because of this, women were and still are unconsciously regarded as the inferior gender, subordinate to men. It is to define a new image of God, taking us beyond the outworn paternal image we have inherited of a Creator separate from creation.
Guest Speaker: Anne Baring MA Oxon, author and Jungian analyst
Anne Baring is the author and co-author of seven books and has recently published her latest one -- "The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul". She is passionately interested in the fate of the Earth and the survival of our species in this critically important time of evolutionary change. Her work is devoted to the recognition that we live in an ensouled world and to the restoration of the lost sense of communion between us and the invisible dimension of the universe that is the source or ground of all that we call 'life'. Website: www.annebaring.com
Background to the Series
Anthropologists are now, in large number, content to accept that millennia before God was understood as male that cultures based in the notions of female divinity thrived. This appears to be true throughout the world and indeed traces of such a way of thinking remain in many cultures today.
The story of a shift from Goddess spirituality to that of God consciousness is a complex one which encompasses many social and psychological changes as well as religious and theological ones. The main change was a move from relationality and the web of all living things to a dualistic view of the world and the exclusions that follow from such a view. The Institute for Theological Partnerships would like to bring some of these issues to your attention and to advocate a reconnection with what has been lost.
Contemporary thealogians suggest that when Goddess spirituality is embraced there is not only a protest against the exclusions of women, nature and other marginalised ‘others’ but a different way of thinking and acting is embodied that lends itself to the flourishing of all life.
ITP is delighted to welcome three of the most exciting thinkers in this field for its mini-series addressing just some of the issues raised by this fundamentally different way of being.
23 March 2017 Travelling with Goddesses - Thealogy and a Posthuman world
Dr Ruth Mantin, Senior Lecturer, University of Chichester
26 April 2017 Goddess and God in the World: Why Feminist Theology Matters
Carol P Christ , Ph.D, theologian and author
3 May 2017 The Great Challenge of Our Time: Defining a New Story
Anne Baring MA Oxon, author and Jungian analyst