Friday, November 30, 2012

November in Review

I know I didn't do any posts this month. I have some hymns and scriptures in mind for next month, though.

We'll still look at Heavenly Mother in the Bloggernacle this month:

At Patheos, there was a post called, "The Heavenly Mommy Wars," with the line, "At stake in the issue of Heavenly Mother is nothing less than what it means to be a woman." That article really gets at the some of the dilemma Mormonism faces with being silent about Heavenly Mother.

Rachael Rose guest posted at The Exponent about Heavenly Mother and the Paradoxical Embodiment.

The Huffington Post ran Catholics and Mormons: A New Sisterhood in the Struggle for Women's Ordination, which compares and contrasts some of the feminist topics in Catholicism and Mormonism, including the Divine Feminine and Heavenly Mother.

Also, this past month, the BYU Women's Studies Honor Society held a discussion on Heavenly Mother. Anyone there want to share their notes?

Have you seen any other posts this month?

This month has been a reflective month for me. I haven't been posting, but my mind has been on this blog. Next month is the second anniversary of this blog, which means this month is the second anniversary of the idea of this blog. Two years ago, I was really struggling with exactly what that quote from Patheos above gets at. I looked around and saw no reference to any resurrected being being female. Angels mentioned in the Book of Mormon or in Church History were all male. And in current Church organization, women's groups like YW and Relief Society are "auxiliaries," appendages. And while it's nice to have appendages like arms, you don't need one to live. And that's how I was feeling in my relationship with the world. It's nice that I'm around, but not really necessary. There were a few dark days where my existence was really put into question.

Ultimately I decided that I needed to insist on the importance of Heavenly Mother because I needed to insist on the importance of myself and all the other girls and women in this world. And so this blog began. I hit some resistance from commenters and emails early on, and the number of views and followers of this blog are small, but I do really like this little blog and I'll keep on with it. The holidays are upon us and I'm currently "great with child," so I'm continuing without a lot of momentum at the moment. Thanks for staying along for the ride.

1 comment:

Summer said...

I just want to let you know that I am a subscriber to your blog. I appreciate what you do. Your last two paragraphs in this post echo my feelings exactly! It's so nice to know that there are other women out there having similar experiences. Thank you!