Welcome! Here you will find information and activities related to the revised 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.
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?”
General Assembly 2006 Event 4066
Speakers: Margot Adler, the Rev. Shirley Ranck, the Rev. Leslie Westbrook
In a room packed with veterans of the famous Unitarian Universalist (UU) Cakes for the Queen of Heaven curriculum and with women simply curious about it, positive energy put a buzz in the room. All were there to celebrate two women who brought the Cakes for the Queen of Heaven feminist theology curriculum into being 20 years ago. Interviewed by Margot Adler, NPR reporter and UU pagan, the Reverend Shirley Ranck and the Reverend Leslie Westbrook answered question after question about Cakes.
Watch the video: http://www.uua.org/ga/past/2006/13203.shtml
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,