God and the Feminine
I have recently run across a few blogs about Rob Bell’s “She” Nooma Video and previewed it on Facebook, but you can preview it on the product website here (Nooma will open in a new window).
From the Nooma video introduction:
“We didn’t have anything to do with our birth. We are all here because some woman somewhere gave us life. Her pain, her effort, for our life. And when a mother gives like that to a child, she is showing us what God is like. But sometimes this part of God’s nature is overlooked. A lot of us are comfortable with male imagery for God. But what about female imagery for God? Is God limited to a gender? Or does God transcend and yet include what we know as male and female? Maybe if we were more aware of the feminine imagery for God we would have a better understanding of who God is and what God is like.”
I’ve been surprised by the number of people I have talked to about the female imagery for God – they didn’t even know it exists. In our western christian culture we have focused so exclusively on God as male – not God as man through Jesus, but God as HE – never SHE.
I bought into this male dominated view of God which then skews other readings of the scriptures, but my thinking was challenged when I read, Growing Strong Daughters by Lisa Graham McMinn. I have since been on a journey which led me to seminary to try to understand issues of God and gender. While God transcends gender, we do not. But what is God’s desire for our understanding of male and female? I hope to find some answers in the next few years along the road of my seminary journey.