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It is Wisdom calling,
Understanding raising her voice.
She takes her stand at the topmost heights,
By the wayside, at the crossroads,
Near the gates at the city entrance;
At the entryways, she shouts,
"O people, I call to you;
my cry is to all humanity.
O simple ones, learn shrewdness;
O dullards, instruct your minds.
Listen for I speak noble things;
Uprightness comes from my lips;
My mouth utters truth;
Wickedness is abhorrent to my lips.
All my words are just,
None of them perverse or crooked;
All are straightforward to the intelligent,
And right to those who have attained knowledge.
Accept my discipline rather than silver,
Knowledge rather than choice gold.
For Wisdom is better than rubies;
No goods can equal Her."  
Proverbs 8:1-11


Holy One
Invoked with a Myriad of Names

God our mother
God our sister
God our Goddess
     Holy One have mercy on us

Christ our friend
Christ our nurture
Christ our justice
     Holy Wisdom have mercy on us

Spirit of Life
Spirit of Courage
Spirit of Truth
     Holy One have mercy on us

God we have turned you into a moloch
God we have turned you into an old man
God we have turned the male into God
     Forgive our sin

You are neither Father nor Mother
You are neither Male nor Female
You are neither God nor Goddess

Our language is insufficient
our intellect does not grasp you
Our imagination cannot get hold of you
Although we do not know what to call you
we are called by you

Your Wisdom cherishes us
Your Faithfulness remains with us
Your Justice sustains us
Your world of well-being is promised to us
Your struggle will not fail us

Everywoman is precious in your eyes
Everywoman is close to your heart
Everywoman shares in your power
Everywoman deserves dignity and justice
Everywoman will become free

Holy, most Compassionate One
Take us home in the hour of our death

- Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Discipleship of Equals: A Critical Feminist Ekklesialogy of Liberation

Originally posted to dirkster42 on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Street Prophets , Spiritual Organization of Unapologetic Liberals at Daily Kos, and Anglican Kossacks.

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