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Karen Garst, PhD, on the Destruction of Matriarchal Religion by Patriarchal Theism

 

KarenGarstKaren L. Garst, PhD, the author of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion, will speak to EBA this month on how matriarchal religion, which venerated women, was replaced by patriarchal theism. Her talk will include a slide presentation entitled “From Goddess to God: Elimination of the Feminine Divine.” She traces the veneration of the female in the Paleolithic to a clear goddess figure in the Neolithic. She shows how a male deity entered the picture and eventually took over the pantheon of gods and goddesses in many cultures to become the sole god. Finally, she discusses the impact of this change on women’s rights today.

 

Karen lives in Portland, Oregon, and is making a special trip to the Bay Area for this presentation to EBA and other groups. Please join us for this special speaker.

 

Copies of Karen's book will be available for $14 cash or card.

 

Afterwards we will go to dinner at King Dong at 2429 Shattuck Ave at Haste.

 

When: Saturday, May 20th, 2:00 PM

 

Location: Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia St, Berkeley. Four blocks from Ashby BART. Parking in the neighborhood, and you can use the store's parking. Our room is large with lots of comfy sofas.

 

To Find Us: Enter the front door and proceed to the main shopping area. Then turn right. We will be on your right.

 

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Information: Larry Hicok, Coordinator: 510-222-7580

Ski Grabowski, Treasurer: 510-652-8350

Albany Hill Cross On the Way Out

As a result of pressure applied by the City of Albany, PG&E has replaced the electrical service for the Albany Hill Cross, located in the city park in Albany. The replacement makes the cross many times safer than before, when it used a small euclayptus tree as a utility pole. This was particularly egregious because it was in a critical fire area. The history of the cross is a case study of the special privileges given to religion, and the current city administration wants this to end. Below is a postcard sent to every Albany household in December, when the council doubted PG&E would properly repair the service. Ultimately we are confident that the cross will soon be gone from the park.

 

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