Who was the Magdalene? Why are women so crucial to the story of Jesus, yet so maligned in the evolution of Christianity as an organized religion? Why does Jesus repeatedly refer to himself as the Bridegroom, recalling the famous biblical lover of The Song of Songs? How can we use ecology to expand our ideas of gendered union? We look to the early Gnostic texts and a long tradition of Magdalene folklore to finally reweave Jesus into embodied, erotic existence. The Gospel of Thomas gifts us with a Jesus that will encourage us to create a personal spiritual practices and narratives, rooted in and inspired by our contemporary ecologies and communities.
Myth & Mycelium: An Online Course
Sophie Strand #
Sophie is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, & ecology. But it would probably be more authentic to call her a neo-troubadour animist with a propensity to spin yarns that inevitably turn into love stories. Her first book of essays The Flowering Wand: Lunar Kings, Lichenized Lovers, Transpecies Magicians, and Rhizomatic Harpists Heal the Masculine is forthcoming in 2022. She is currently researching a mythopoetic exploration of ecology and queerness in the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde.