Special Guest Facilitator - STARHAWK!!
Brighid is an ancient role model for modern women – she was a leader and a revolutionary, a healer and a wise woman. The myths, traditions and tales of St. Brighid are often merged with the Celtic Goddess Brighid (also a powerful figure in the pre-Christian pantheon) giving us an extraordinary figure of exploration and inspiration.
For many years now the feminist movement has yearned to recuperate a symbolic system and ritual tradition that honours and brings to consciousness the dialectic between mother and daughter. Against the cultural resonances of mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all – that attempt to set women in permanent opposition − stories of the Cailleach and of Saint Brighid (who freed her own mother from slavery) offer new images and potential. Drawing on such stories, personal reflections and BodySoul work, we will attempt to mirror one another – beyond destructive envy − into creativity and liberation.
“Brighid provides an image of empowerment, integrity, courage, and complexity. She was pagan and Christian, rich and poor, slave and free. She invites us, therefore, to focus on what we have in common, rather than on what divides us."
- Mary Condren
Dr. Mary Condren - National Director of the Institute for Feminism and Religion - Dublin, Ireland
Author of The Serpent and the Goddess: Women, Religion and Power in Celtic Ireland and her forthcoming book Brigit of Ireland: Spirit of Old Ireland.
Mary Condren Th.D. has degrees in theology, sociology, and social anthropology from the University of Hull; religion and society from Boston College, and a doctorate in religion, gender and culture from Harvard University.
She is a Research Associate in Women’s Studies at the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Trinity College Dublin and Fellow of the University of Winchester in England; a former Research Associate in Women’s Studies at Harvard University, and has published widely on issues of feminism and religion, and on the interrelationship between religion, violence and gender. Mary is the author of the Serpent and the Goddess: Women, Religion, and Power in Celtic Ireland and her forthcoming book Brigit of Ireland: Spirit of Old Europe.
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