re: Tom's post on herchurch...My email submission to their "Logo Contest"
The church and its website were actually brought to my attention a couple of weeks ago via a poster on ndnation.com, my favorite site for catching up on any unsubstantiated rumors about the U. of Notre Dame and, of course, the football program. The information and point of view on herchurch.org are, to say the least, interesting. They are, to say the most, a bastardization of Christianity that makes the Gnostic gospels look reasonable and accurate by comparison.
One of the pages on the site is one woman's experience at one of herchurch's “Retreat With She Who Is” retreats. First, Pastor Stacy Boorn, leader of herchurch, "invited us to form our own images in clay of Asherah, the mother goddess of the Canaanites". (Apparently, any god will do, as long as it's female) . "The next project....was to make a mandala, a circular, meditative image of the self." Naturally. One of the threads that seems to run throughout the mission and whole point of view of this "church" is worshipping the "feminine" within themselves. This "worshipping the god within" (in this case, the feminine) is hardly a new idea. As G. K. Chesterton, writing almost a century ago, pointed out in Orthodoxy:
Of all the horrible religions the most horrible is the worship of the god within...That Jones shall worship the god within turns out ultimately to mean that Jones worships Jones...
Another page contains a condemnation of South Dakota's abortion ban, citing and siding with National Organization for Women (a virulently pro-abortion group) president Kim Gandy. Hmmm. On page after page of their site, they claim to be liberating the oppressed and marginalized (women, homosexuals, etc.), but have no such liberation tendencies toward the millions of unborn children massacred in their mother's wombs. Nice touch.
Finally, on their "News To You..." page, they announced in big bold type their Logo Contest, in which one could design and submit a logo for their church (because, really, what is a church without a logo?). They offered an email address to send any submissions. Being the always-willing-to-help kind of fellow I am, I sent them the following submission:
Having taken a look at your website on a couple of occasions, I noticed your "Logo Contest". I'm not much of an artist, but I can offer some suggestions for the slogan(maybe someone can provide the accompanying artwork for the logo) to go on a logo for your church:
herchurch: We stand up for the marginalized and oppressed....except the unborn. Screw them.
God/dess, She Who Is, Christ/Sophia....sure, it's all nonsense, but who cares? Whatever makes us feel good is our 'truth'...
herchurch: Leave everything you know (like rational thought or actual history) behind...
herchurch: Worshipping Ourselves
Your announcement for the Logo Contest says "Design us a LOGO and Win!" I don't imagine you'll recieve any more accurate descriptions of your "church" and its "mission" than these.....what prize (to be shared with the accompanying artist, of course...) will I win?
Maybe I'll win a Goddess Rosary or something.....