Madonna famously said that we all live in a material world (and we are material guys/girls). However, much of traditional spirituality emphasises the need to transcend the material world, including the body and its emotional needs, or at least to impose a strict ascetic discipline on it, in order to attain true enlightenment. This approach holds much of value, but it can lead to an impoverished life for most of us ordinary mortals, as well as to devaluation and exploitation of our natural environment. Yet, there have always existed other, more life-affirming forms of spirituality, which celebrate the material world, the body, and emotionality, as part of an integrated path to human fulfilment - many of them involving worship of the Divine Feminine as manifest in the world and in our own natures. We shall look at some of these, from Aradia to Zen (via Eleusis and Aleister Crowley). The title is taken from "Drawing Down the Moon" by Margot Adler, which will be referenced in the service.
Everybody welcome. Starts 10.30am