"A Natural (and feminine) spirituality tends
to incorporate three very organic, basic,
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"We seek to bring forth the Spirit of God from the Ghost of the Church."
We meet at Lake Merritt Church
Weave of Faith~Black Madonna Women's Circle
the last Monday of the month
Come to 1330 Lakeshore entrance
Jan. 31, 2005
Feb. 28, 2005
March 28, 2005
April 25, 2005
May 23, 2005
June 20, 2005
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adapted from Rachel C. Wahlberg
We open ourselves to God -- who created woman and man in God's own image and gave both sexes the care of the earth.
We open ourselves to Jesus, child of God, chosen of God, born of the woman Mary who listened to women and liked them who stayed in their homes who discussed the Kingdom with them who was followed and financed by woman disciples.
We open ourselves to Jesus -- who discussed theology with a woman at a well and first confided in her his messiahship who motivated her to go and tell her great news to the city.
We open ourselves to Jesus -- who received anointing from a woman in Simon's house who rebuked the men guests who scorned her I believe in Jesus who said this woman will be remembered for what she did minister of Jesus
We open ourselves to Jesus -- who healed a woman on the sabbath and made her whole because she was a human being
We open ourselves to Jesus -- who spoke of God as a woman seeking the lost coin as a woman who swept seeking the lost.
We open ourselves to Jesus -- who thought of pregnancy and birth with reverance not as punishment -- but as wrenching event, a metaphor for transformation born again anguish-into-joy.
We open ourselves to Jesus -- who spoke of himself as a mother hen who would gather her chicks under her wing.
We open ourselves to Jesus -- who appeared first to Mary Magdalene who sent her with the bursting message : GO AND TELL . . .
We open ourselves to the wholeness of a Diety in whom there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for we are all one in salvation.
We open ourselves to the Holy Spirit -- as she moves over the waters of creationand over the earth.
We open ourselves to the Holy Spirit -- the women spirit of God who like a hen, created us and gave us birth and covers us with her wings.
Blessings to you all.
Sampler of Worship Services and Rituals
As interests arise, we invite people from various traditions and orientations into informal yet exciting theological and spiritual conversation.
Sampler of Previous Conversations
- Women Spiritual Guides : Sor Juana de la Cruz
- with Francis Kennett, author and Oxford scholar
- Feminist Understandings of the Eucharist
- with Diana Avila, El Salvadoran seminary student, JSTB
- Ways of Working with Mainline Churches to Help Them Be More Welcoming of
Gays and Lesbians
- with Kelly Love, intern with Reconciling Congregation Program, UMC
- Violence Against Women : Women Joining Forces to Heal Ourselves
- with Dina Gardner, founder of a local battered women's assistance program
- Rituals and Healing
- with Dr. Dianne Winne, geriatrician and Rev. Sandy Gess, M.Div.
- Native American Spirituality and Rituals
- with Ellen Faryna, M.Div., PhD, member of local sweatlodge and ceremony circle
- Meditating on the Black Madonna
- drawing insights from China Galland's study group
Always an Extraordinary Experience
Religious Traditions Represented by Current & Previous Members
Our members have come from many religious traditions and cultural backgrounds
Methodist, Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Baptist, UCC, Jewish, Native American, Quaker
Ordained ministers and deacons, religious women and seminary students
Seekers in Women's Spirituality and Creative Worship
Co-conveners of our Weave of Faith-Black Madonna Women's Circle:
Elaine Amoruso & Mary Moore
Rev. Sandy Gess
Certified Labyrinth Facilitator
United Methodist Pastor
Rev. Sandy Gess was interviewed
Presenter on the Labyrinth as a Peace-making and Spiritual
Parliament of World Religions
Delegates walking the temporary labyrinth which constructed
in the Sikh tent
and used for early morning religious observances.
There was much interest in the labyrinth from all faiths, ages, and nationalities
Sandy Gess (representing Weave of Faith)
Sandy Gess enjoying the langur meal which was offered freely
by the Sikh contingency for all the delegates of the Parliament of World
Easter in a Feminist Key
Welcoming a son to our community
Our kids and mom find
Celebrating Purim -
Weave of Faith's Message Phone : (510) 482-9319
- We gather in Member Homes for social gatherings
- Monthly Meditation Group is held in the Edwards Room of Lake Merritt Church
- Labyrinth Walks are held at the beautiful domed Sanctuary of
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church - Oakland
on the southeast shore of Lake Merritt between 12 th & 18 th Streets
1330 Lake Shore / front entrance
1255 1st Ave./ parking lot entrance
The church where we have our services is very supportive
Some of their members regularly attend our services
Some of our members are members of Lake Merritt UMC
Weave of Faith / CFWC
Lake Merritt UMC
The Lake Merritt BART station is an easy 1/2 mile walk to/from the church. From BART, walk in a northerly direction on Oak Street. You will pass the Oakland Museum and the County Courthouse on your right. Cross 14th St. then turn right, following around the perimeter of the lake to Lakeshore Ave. At the marked crosswalk, you will be directly across from the church.
AC Transit buses run from BART to a stop in back of the church at the intersection of First Ave. and E. 14th St. / International Blvd near the entrance at 1255 First Ave. The bus routes are "40L" and "15." For current bus and BART info, call TravInfo 511.
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Front entrance : 1330 Lakeshore, Oakland
Parking lot entrance : 1st Ave & International, Oakland
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