Blessing of Milk and Honey: A Feminist Eucharist

Our mother Sophia, we are women in your image:
With the hot blood of our wombs we give form to new life.
With the courage of our convictions we pour out our life blood for justice.
Sophia-God, Creator-God
let your milk and honey pour out,
showering us with your nourishment.
Our mother Sophia, we are women in your image:
With the milk of our breasts we suclcle the children;
With the knowledge of our hearts we feed humanity.
Sophia-God, Creator-God,
let your milk and honey pour out,
showering us with your nourishment.
Our sweet Sophia, we are women in your image:
With nectar between our thighs we invite a lover, we birth a child;
With our warm body fluids we remind the world of its pleasure and sensations.
Sophia-God, Creator-God,
let your milk and honey pour out,
showering us with your nourishment.
Our guide, Sophia, we are women in your image:
With our moist mouths we kiss away a tear, we smile encouragement.
With the honey of wisdom in our mouths, we prophesy a full humanity to all the peoples.
Sophia-God, Creator-God,
let your milk and honey pour out,
showering us with your nourishment.

Source: This ritual was performed at the Re-Imagining Conference in Minneapolis in 1993, published in “Creating the Sophia Ritual” by Hilda Kuester, in Re-Membering and Re-Imagining (eds. Nancy Berneking and Pamela Joern) (1995).  (Here is a link to a paper reproducing the text.)  The Conference was sponsored in part by the Presbyterian Church.  However the Church later withdrew its support.  The public performance of this feminist version of the communion caused much commotion among conservative Christians.  However, according to Joseph Jungmann (1959), a blessing of milk and honey at baptisms and first communions dates back to the 3rd c. CE, and was used as part of the Eastertime liturgy in some places up until the 14th c. CE.

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About John Halstead

John is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion, where he practices an idiosyncratic form of Naturalistic Paganism. Since 2011, John has been writing about Paganism, Unitarianism, and life at AllergicPagan.com. He has written for numerous other online platforms, including The Huffington Post, Patheos, GodsandRadicals.org, Witches & Pagans, and GodisChange.org. John is the Editor-at-Large at HumanisticPaganism.com where he writes a regular column called “The Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox.” He also edited the anthology, Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans (2016). John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment” (ecopagan.com). John strives to live up to the challenge posed by the Pagan Statement through his writing and activism. He is one of the founders of 350 Indiana-Calumet and has participated in direct action against the fossil fuel industry. John is also a Shaper of the Earthseed community. View all posts by John Halstead

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