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Welcome! Here you will find articles about activities related to the new Cakes for the Queen of Heaven curriculum and its use in Unitarian Universalist congregations and in other organizations. This site is a combined effort of Unitarian Universalist Women and Religion core group and various Cakes and W&R groups.

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For other UU women's retreats and events, please see our main calendar at the UU Women and Religion main site: www.uuwr.org

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 April 2011 09:45
What is Cakes? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nancy Irons   
Sunday, 05 April 2009 14:13

Would you like to know more about the curriculum itself? Here are answers by Nancy Irons to a few of the most commonly asked questions:

In 1977 the UUA General Assembly unanimously passed the Women & Religion Resolution, calling on all individual UUs and UU organizations to examine and put aside sexist assumptions, attitudes, and language; to explore and eliminate religious roots of sexism in myths, traditions and beliefs.

The impact of this resolution has been profound; ranging from the establishment of women’s spiritual retreats, to the rapid increase in the number of female UU ministers. It has prompted incorporation of more ritual, such as chalice lighting and “Joys and Sorrows” into our services, as well as the review and revision of our Principles and Purposes. Curricula celebrating the female as divine have been developed, including Cakes for the Queen of Heaven.

Q. What is “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven”. . . a cooking class?

A. “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” is a woman honoring adult RE curriculum by Rev. Shirley Ranck. It examines pre-Judeo Christian cultures that may have worshiped the female as divine. The concepts of equality and reverence for the female in a religious setting are eye-opening to many participants.

More than Goddess 101, this workshop series examines important elements of today’s women’s lives; personal, interpersonal and societal. It examines how our culture has been influenced by Judeo Christian values. The primary question raised is: How would your life have been different if, when growing up, the divine had been imaged as female? Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and beliefs, creating trust and strong bonds of friendship.

Q. Why is it called “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven?”

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2009 13:35
Baking Cakes for the Queen of Heaven PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nancy Vedder-Shults   
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 08:45

Dear W & R women --

I finally recorded "Baking Cakes for the Queen of Heaven."  You may remember that I wrote it to honor the 20th anniversary of the curriculum and Shirley Ranck (and sang it at GA).  You can hear it at
http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2009/10/07/baking-cakes-for-the-queen-of-heaven/.  And you can see that I've been blogging about "Cakes" as well.  Please take a listen.

Love and light,

Nancy Vedder-Shults

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 February 2010 08:52
Cakes II Overview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nancy Irons   
Thursday, 01 October 2009 13:26

Theodora by elizabethcarefoot.comGaia by elizabethcarefoot.comCakes for the Queen of Heaven” is a woman honoring adult RE curriculum by Rev. Shirley Ranck, consisting of two interactive workshop series.  The first, “In Ancient Times” is a 5-week series which examines the archeological evidence of Goddess worship in prehistoric cultures. The second, “On the Threshold” is a 6-week series that reclaims the stories of powerful women in ancient Judaism and early Christianity.  In both series, participants are encouraged to share their personal experiences and beliefs. 

A threshold is a point of transition between two places, spaces or points in time.  “On the Threshold” explores several threshold stories.  Did the matriarchs of Genesis - Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel - live on a threshold?  As priestesses of an old Mesopotamian religion, did they struggle to maintain customs of matrilineal descent and powerful female influence at a time when newer patriarchal ways were taking over?  Did Mary Magdalene occupy a similar threshold in the very early days of Christianity?  The Gnostic Christians believed she was not only an Apostle, but a leader among the Apostles; yet their writings have been excluded from the New Testament.  The woman who came to be known as St. Brigit was the daughter of a pagan chieftain.  She too, lived on an historic threshold between the old Celtic religion and the new Christian religion which was taking over the land. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 05:45