Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Terre et mère at feminist theology

This extraordinary quilt was born out of rage at George Bush's decision to go to war against Iraq. Its title is a play on words Terre et mer would be land and sea but terre et mère is land and mother.
The upper part of the quilt is the rage against war and incalculable violence reaching upwards, the bottom part is women's tears falling and dropping downwards.
If you look carefully you will see that the rage and grief are held together by stitching that represents old-fashioned corsetry lacing - women bracing themselves to hold emotions together reaching upwards in anger and downwards in grief.
As we gathered our thoughts and reflections on "Dieu est belle" we also shared prayers, poems and personal stories about how we were reaching more understanding of the multi-layered feminine, masculine and simply other nature of God.

1 Comment:

J. K. Gayle said...


"As war in fifth-century Athens seemed more destructive than heroic, Helen became more ambiguous."
-("Helen of Troy in Greek Mythology," Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World, by Joyce E. Salisbury)