Class explores women’s spiritual power |

Class explores women’s spiritual power

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, 780 Del Monte Lane, Reno, will offer an exploration of feminist theology.

The “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” class began Feb. 21, but four sessions remain.

According to the instructor, the Rev. Shirley Ranck, the class will examine the “female half of our Western religious heritage” and is open to the public.

The course takes its name from the title of a book by Ranck. “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” is an exploration of the eclipse of women’s spiritual power and its recent rebirth.

Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association, said in its review: “Ranck solidifies her position as one of the leaders of the contemporary women’s spirituality movement.”

Ranck is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She has an M.A. in clinical psychology from City University of New York and a Ph.D. in school psychology from Fordham University. She also holds an M.Div. from the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley.

Hundreds of Unitarian Universalist congregations around the country have used her course.

“In planning and writing the material, I was able to make use of all my interests in religious education, psychology, women’s studies and ministry,” Ranck said.

The five-week, Thursday evening course will include the Great Goddess of the Old Stone Age, earliest deity of human beings, and Enheduanna, a real female poet who wrote hymns to the goddess Inanna.

The class also will explore a mother-daughter religion that spanned 2,000 years and some aspects of the ancient Minoan civilization on the island of Crete.

All this material will relate to issues in women’s lives today.

The cost of the course is $20. Classes will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. each session.

For more information and to register, call (775) 851-7100.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada is the only Unitarian Universalist church that serves Northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and portions of northeast California.

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