Rebekah M. Sharpe, The Institute on Religion and Democracy, February 20, 2009
"New Age themes of self-deification animated the biennial “Sacred Circles” conference on women’s spirituality at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on February 13-14. Rather than the masculine “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” of Christian creeds women sought out the “the Feminine Divine” within themselves.
But this time, ecclesiastical support was not limited to Protestant denominations. The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, offered continuing education credits through its Center for Spirituality and Social Work to intrepid women journeying towards the Feminine Divine.
In contrast to its supporters, the event never purported to be Christian. Instead, the conference was possibly “the largest interfaith women’s spirituality gathering in the world.” Church sponsors included the Episcopal –run National Cathedral, which devoted a paid staffer as the “Sacred Circles” convener, the Episcopal Church Office of Women’s Ministries, which offered scholarships, and Catholic University’s Center for Spirituality and Social Work, which offered academic credit for attendance. A partnership between the Lilly Endowment and Millsaps College’s Center for Ministry also provided conference scholarships, despite Lily’s supposed mission to “deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians.”
While well-known sponsors supported the event, representatives of the Institute on Religion and Democracy were banned from covering the “Sacred Circles” workshops, most of which concerned various types of meditation, yoga, learning to “ignite” one’s inner “Divine Spark,” or “encounter the Feminine Divine,” the inner goddess participants were told they “embod[ied].”"
I kept waiting for some stinging condemnation of the event. But the author, and her readers, seemed to feel that an accurate description was condemnation enough. Which is pretty much why I'm a Wiccan and not a Christian. I just don't share their beliefs about what is right and true.
The article was reposted on "Virtue Online: The Voice for Global Orthodox Anglicanism". Their site allows reader to leave comments, which is how I deduced what readers thought of the article. One commenter brought up an interesting criticism of Wicca.
Sagamore Posted On: 2009/3/7 0:32 Updated: 2009/3/7 0:32
Re: A Weekend of the "Feminine Divine" at Natio...
"Heck! Why don't they simply subscribe to the Wiccan credo, "Do what thou wilt and to none be the harm..."
I once asked a group of Wiccans it was OK to sleep with your brothers wife if you were sure he would never find out and therefore not be "harmed".
They couldn't form a cogent answer.
Well, it was a trick question. It's interesting that he chose that subject though because the Biblical answer to the question "Is it ever Ok to have sex with your brother's wife?" is not just "Yes" but under some circumstances it is required that you have sex with your brother's wife. I'm thinking of the famous story of Onan. He is usually sited as why you should not masturbate. People forget that he was condemned because he "wasted his seed on the ground" instead of getting his brother's widow pregnant.
New American Standard Bible, Genesis 38:9 Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother's wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give offspring to his brother.
Then there is the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. Genesis 16:2-3 Sarah was barren so she told Abraham to have sex with her maid so he could have children, and he did.
Of course Wiccan's don't use the Bible to guide our behavior, but many Wiccan's practice polyamory so it is possible for a woman to be sleeping with two brothers, and there are other situations too. I know a woman who can not bare children herself so she and her husband made an arrangement with a lesbian couple (married legally in Massachusetts) that he should impregnate one of them and he and his wife would adopt the child. I don't see anything immoral about that either.
In places where same sex marriage and adoption are illegal lesbian couples have been known to enlist the aid of a brother to impregnate the woman he was not related to so his sister would still have some legal relationship to the child (aunt).
The trick is when people tell themselves that they are not doing any harm when they are having an affair, but that never really works. Lying is harming the relationship and the liers themselves. "What he doesn't know won't hurt him", really doesn't work. Which is the trick the man who asked the question was trying to pull.