My Articles of Faith
Recently, our book group read Dance of the Dissident Daughter and it has made my feminist spiritual journey more meaningful. As the author Sue Monk Kidd says, it’s like waking up some more. Instead of focusing on what is lacking in my faith tradition, I now feel empowered to shape my own spiritual journey.
Even recognizing a Divine Feminine has become more natural and meaningful to me. Like Kidd, I’ve always felt awkward about using words like Goddess or insisting in a Heavenly Mother. At times, I’ve even doubted her existence. But now I really believe that it’s not so much that the Divine Feminine doesn’t exist, but that I’ve been programed through years of patriarchy, to not experience divinity in any way other than male-centered. By realizing that I can choose to experience a Goddess and embrace that aspect of my life, I find power and authority in my spiritual journey.
Thus, I’ve begun a draft of articles of faith to give shape to my spiritual framework. They are still in embryo, just tentative first steps in the direction of owning my spiritual journey, but they are intended to guide me and give me focus as I work on connecting to the universal Divine.
I welcome your comments both about the book and my fledgling articles of faith.
10 Articles of Faith
1. I believe that the Divine resides inside me, and I can access guidance through prayer, meditation, and studying sacred texts.
2. While parts of my nature may be in opposition to the Divine, it is unhealthy and unhelpful to believe that I am an enemy to God.
3. The Divine that organizes and loves the universe is both male and female.
4. Rejecting the Feminine Divine has led to a large feminine wound in the world. Naming the wound, acknowledging the pain of patriarchy, and encouraging women to name their own realities are steps that I can take to awaken the Divine Feminine within myself and others around me.
5. I am connected on a physical and spiritual level to everything around me. As I seek to connect, love, and serve the other living things on this planet, I become more centered in my own divinity.
6. I reject any claim that another person has to be my spiritual leader. By divine design, I have been given the tools, abilities, and desire to lead a spiritually fulfilling life. This does not mean I will ignore people around me as examples and support in my journey, but I will not defer to their authority above my own authority when it jeopardizes my integrity.
7. Studying sacred text, participating in ritual, worshiping in religious learning communities are some ways I seek to connect with the Divine.
8. I want rituals to be an important part of my spiritual life so they bring meaning, peace, and healing to my soul. I am working on finding and developing rituals that will help me connect to others on a deeper level.
9. Being Mormon is part of my social, cultural, and religious identity. I choose to embrace the parts of LDS doctrine and practice that help me toward my spiritual and family goals. I reject elements that hurt me on any level.
10. I honor the choices and realities of those around me and expect that they will honor mine and not demean my journey by attributing negative motives or attitudes. I seek to live by sharing peace and love.