Author Archives: justmary

Patriarchy

Patriarchy: Patristic Paternalistic Patronizing Petrine Petrified Prurient Putrid Pus! Patriarchy, not nature, makes women unequal  

Quick Question?

Who said this or close to it? “When women have the opportunity to fully share their gifts with the whole community, the community ends up “transformed” in a positive way.” “Therefore, it is a beneficial process — that of having the growing presence of women in social, economic and political life on the local, national […]

In God’s Name . . . a reflection on Good Friday

I wrote this piece on a Good Friday over 25 years ago. Tragically I have had to add to it ever since. In the aftermath of the “mother of all bombs,” it seems appropriate to post it on this Good Friday. A young, hopeful ‘would-be’ thought she could jump-start her career with a stint in […]

Res·ur·rec·tion

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmary.aktay%2Fvideos%2Fvb.100002372670738%2F1249283685160709%2F%3Ftype%3D3&show_text=0&width=400 I often cringe when I hear the words: “God be with us.” To me, “with” implies that God is a divine being separate from us, outside of us, called to be next to us and “on our side” rather than someone else’s. Jesus’ disciples were terrified when he was crucified. They thought he was […]

A Revived Sense of the Sacred.

In honor of Women’s History Month and pertinent to the political climate in which we now find ourselves, I recommend a fine article in USC’s Religion Dispatches: WHAT A FORGOTTEN 19TH CENTURY SUFFRAGIST CAN TEACH US ABOUT WOMEN’S RIGHTS VS. THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT The following caught my attention …[Matilda Joslyn Gage] would publish the heavily researched, carefully […]

Table The“a”logy

The Season of Giving “Thanks” is giving way to the Season of Giving Gifts. I wrote this reflection during this time last year upon the realization of the “gift” we all have been given. A Reflection of Gratitude and Inclusion The alternative interpretation, of Eucharist as a Sacred Meal, takes all the meals which Jesus shared with […]

Look in the Mirror!

(Haven’t posted for awhile. Trying to juggle grandparenting, work, pursuing a Masters in Theology and help a friend get a book published. In my feminist theology course I was asked to develop my personal theology. Well here it is…) A Theology of Reflection The most profound theological insight I have ever been received was from […]