Have you ever prayed to the Goddess? Recited the "Goddess Rosary?" Joined an ELCA Goddess small group? If you stay in the ELCA long enough you may just get your chance. ELCA church, Ebenezer Lutheran in San Francisco (http://www.herchurch.org) has been doing this for a long time, but they are not the only ones. Rev. Jeff Johnson, recently elected to the Sierra Pacific Synod Council, and his church University Lutheran Chapel (ELCA) in Berkeley, CA are conducting a monthly "Goddess Rosary" service.
Here is what the University Lutheran Chapel newsletter says about the service.
Last Sunday of the Month Goddess Rosary, 6:45PM at the Chapel. During the 1-hour session, the Divine Feminine will be recognized and reclaimed through recitation of the Goddess Rosary, silence, music, and movement. This very special Rosary consists of prayers by feminist theologian Carol Christ and musician Sister Miriam Therese Winter. The evening will be based on Rev. Stacy Boorn’s Goddess-centered devotion at Ebenezer/herchurch Lutheran Church in SF. People of all gender identities are welcome." ( See here )
You can't have a Goddess service without praying the "Hail Goddess" prayer. It goes like this,
"Hail Goddess full of grace. Blessed are you
and blessed are all the fruits
of your womb.
For you are the MOTHER of us all.
Hear us now
and in all our needs.
O blessed be, O blessed be. Amen
(adapted from Carol Christ)
One participant in the Goddess Rosary service (at herchurch) described her experience this way -
"From the basket of rosaries, I took into my hand a strand of vibrantly-colored beads with a silver goddess icon in place of the traditional cross. The goddesses came in a variety of shapes and sizes, celebrating the beauty of the feminine form; I found reflections of my own figure in the full hips and Rubenesque curves of my goddess. Once gathered, we began to recite together the “Our Mother” and “Hail Goddess” prayers."
This is what is happening in the ELCA! The ELCA is well aware of this and they have chosen to accept it. If they didn't, they have the power to stop this practice. But the ELCA does not. This is false teaching and praying to a false god. This is on the ELCA's head. Let's not forget that they have promoted it in official publications (See on Page 6) AND have allowed a pastor who sanctions it to be on a Synod Council.
For those of you on the fence concerning if you want to remain in the ELCA, what is it going to take? For those that insist on staying in the ELCA, there is more than enough evidence that the ELCA has abandoned scripture and true Christian teaching (see here), you cannot deny it. You are living for your own desire for your church and placing that above the will of God which is clear to all in His scriptures.
Carole Lee Hagans
8/11/2010 07:21:31 am
The rewriting of the Word Of GOD, FATHER,Son & HOLY SPIRIT,for the bible, prayers,confessionals,& ordinations is the reason that after 68yrs of being a Christian that is Lutheran - I have left the ELCA synod. I can no longer be part of a synod that obviously does not care about the word, that wants to be SO all inclusive that it is now rejecting the WORD! The bishops are strangly not serious about following the Bible and the Word and the pastors in the churches do NOT dare to preach on this subject or to question the direction that the current leaders are taking the ELCA synod.
9/6/2011 08:42:49 am
As a bible believing christian from Ireland I am absolutely horrified by what is happening within your church you should be hugely concerned. Some of the practices are frankly pagan - the 'her-church' with it's emphasis on yoga etc is far from God.
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