Hedgerow Initiative: Naming the Holy in our Experience | Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology

The Hedgerow Initiative offers sustained, systematic programming in feminist theological education, spiritual integration, and leadership for a just and holy world. In a particular way, the Initiative highlights the scholarship of women who since the 1950s have worked to reclaim women’s presence and significance in scripture, church, history, theology and culture. The Initiative takes its name from the hedgerow schools in Ireland that kept alive the language, faith, culture and community of the people during the time of the British penal codes. A hedgerow is a biosphere and a haven.

September 25 - December 11, 2017

6:30 - 8:30 pm

In their new book Goddess and God in the World, pioneering feminist theologians Carol Christ and Judith Plaskow model a process not only for telling their stories but for critiquing and responding to each other’s reflections. We are invited to join them on a theological journey! In this engaging course, participants will explore the stimulating conversations between these two women and use their process to create their own theological memoirs. 

Carol Christ proposes that Goddess is the intelligent, embodied love that is in all being, a personal presence that can inspire us to love the world more deeply.  Judith Plaskow counters that God is an impersonal power of creativity, the ground of being that is both good and evil.  They root their embodied theologies in experience and test them in dialogue, showing how their reflections emerge from and in turn shape their lives.

Come prepared to read, reflect, engage in dialogue, and write reflections on what has shaped our own theological journeys!

  • God in the shared world of the Sixties

  • Carol’s turning: From God to Goddess

  • Judith’s seeking: Finding a God I can believe in

  • Carol’s answer: Goddess is a personal presence who loves, understands, inspires, enjoys

  • Judith’s wrestling with good and evil    

  • Embodied theology and the flourishing of life

Hedgerow Syllabus

Hedgerow Fall 2017 Flyer

Required Text:

Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology
Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow

Books available at Wisdom Ways.

Hedgerow Instructors and Planners:

Rev. Barbara Lund




Mary Kaye Medinger, Consociate, MA




Joan Mitchell,CSJ,PhD





Guest Instructors:

Rabbi Esther Adler has served as a rabbi at Mount Zion since 2000, and serves part-time as Associate Chaplain at Hamline University.

Rabbi Sharon Stiefel, rabbi of the Reconstructionist congregation Mayim Rabim and spiritual counselor of Sholom Johnson Hospice, has devoted her career to helping individuals and communities at moments of transition.

Rev. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, chaplain and director of the Wesley Center at Hamline University, loves traveling with students for service or spiritual exploration and helping people learn to grow food sustainably.  


WHEN: Mondays, September 25 through December 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

COST: $240.00 for the 12-week series. $25.00 for a single session.