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Sunday, March 18 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Creating Affirming Goddess Spirituality Spaces

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The presence of trans exclusionary feminists (TERFs), as well as the cisnormative and heteronormative nature of much Goddess literature and liturgy, often makes Goddess Spirituality spaces and communities unwelcoming and even hostile or dangerous for trans women, nonbinary femmes, and anyone else who is not a cisgender woman. This session explores ways in which we can co-create a Goddess Spirituality (aka "Feminist Spirituality") that not only includes but welcomes and affirms a diversity of gender identities. Drawing on the Dr. Harper's own experiences as a cisgender facilitator of woman- and femme-centric Goddess Spirituality spaces, and the collaborations she has made with trans and nonbinary members of her community, this session will discuss ways in which cisgender ritual facilitators and teachers can ensure that they create spaces and materials that welcome and affirm all those who find their homes in Goddess Spirituality spaces. We will also discuss ways in which ritual and thealogy can be co-created to move Goddess Spirituality beyond its historically cis- and heteronormative past, enabling it to become a site for healing, growth, and empowerment for all.

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Susan Harper

Susan Harper, Ph.D., is an educator, activist, advocate, and ritual specialist living, loving, making magick, and agitating for change in the Dallas, TX area. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Southern Methodist University, where her doctoral research focused on the intersections... Read More →

Sunday March 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
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