Topic – Jerry’s Proposal re: Liturgy

Date:  June 4, 2017

Where:  Sojourner’s SS Class

Summary –
Less than a handful of the 10-12 people attending had read the liturgy but those who had offered questions and comments.  By the end of the hour, however, nearly everyone expressed intentions of reading it in preparation for further discussion next Sunday.  Below are points made by those in attendance.
*Questions to Jerry had to do with his inspiration for doing a commentary on the feminine side of God and was the piece meant to be realistic, optimistic, or pessimistic?  A request was made for links to texts for the songs mentioned in piece.  Another question:  Is there any example in the history of the church about addressing the environment?
*The historical evolution from a rigid patriarchal world view into population control and the emergence of woman power have been driving forces in recognizing equality but not without struggle and some resistance.  Jerry’s piece addresses great questions as part of the spiritual revolution.
*Fouling the water began in the beginning of time (making the point that pollution is not a new phenomenon) but increased population and industry have made it disastrous throughout the world…..and not only in third world countries.  Stories were shared of local disregard for safe disposal of toxins and failure to enforce reasonable regulations to prevent such.  There is/has been an attitude of “it’s their problem not ours” UNTIL we experience the problem – example of the drought and fires of CA and the recent fires in G’burg worsened by drought and winds.  Resistance to simple things like regular recycling is a local issue but solutions are at hand if we cared enough.
*The book Civil Action was recommended reading re dealing with environmental concerns and one point from it was that ‘whoever controls fresh water controls the earth.’  Demand too often exceeds supply.
*The strongest recommendation to Jerry was that he use Mother Earth vs Gaia.  A number of people objected to the term Gaia as it was “too lofty” and that in order to engage the majority of people around here, he needed to use common language.
Submitted:  Emily Vreeland