Welcoming the Sabbath Bride; and Wisdom teachings of Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich
Drawing on the Jewish mystical understanding of the Sabbath as the Bride of Heaven, Rami will help us step into the Presence of Shekhinah (the Divine Feminine) through candle lighting and kavvanah (setting one’s intention). Sharing his encounter with Mary, one of Lady Wisdom’s incarnations, at Miriam’s Well in Nazareth, Rami will teach and explore the meaning of a new Adoration for our time.
Following Rami's teaching, Matthew Fox will speak to the Divine Feminine and Wisdom as named and practiced by Christian mystics like Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich drawing from wisdom teachings of the Hebrew Bible. Matthew will share a special ceremony shared by the late Sister Jose Hobday that is fitting for a time of the “strawberry moon” and offer a meditation on the Litany of Mary that will inspire images for deep dreams of the divine feminine.
The Call of the Black Madonna; and The Good News of Mother Wisdom
Matthew will speak to the ancient tradition of the Black Madonna, why this archetype is returning today and what it has to teach us, and speak to the “Magnificat” found in Luke’s gospel that pictures Mary as very much a prophet.
Diving into the Gospel of Chochma/Sophia: The Good News of Mother Wisdom
Two years ago, during a retreat in Boulder, CO. Rabbi Rami felt called to create The Gospel of Chochma/Sophia an anthology of teachings from the Divine Mother coupled with practices for opening up to Her presence. Rami will introduce us to Lady Wisdom (Chochma/Sophia) in Her own words.
Reclaiming the Lost Eve; and Listening to Male Mystics on Wisdom and Divine Feminine
During our second morning session, Rami will focus on Reclaiming the Lost Eve. Using the Jewish practice of midrash (rabbinic investigation into common Bible stories] Rami will invite us to recover the hidden message of the Story of Adam and Eve and the Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and reclaim Eve as the Mother of All the Living and Apostle of Lady Wisdom.
Matthew will then speak to the Divine Feminine as found in male mystics of the creation spirituality tradition such as Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart and Thomas Merton.
Reinvigorating Culture by Bringing Wisdom to balance Patriarchal Culture
Together, Rami and Matthew will speak to how bringing Wisdom or the Divine Feminine alive will reinvigorate culture including education and religion, and more. In this time we will also have space for an extended time of questions and answers.