Friday, January 3, 2014
Traditional religion can seriously hamper young women’s spiritual development
"Traditional religion, which excludes women’s experiences, can seriously hamper young women’s spiritual development,
Females need encouragement and support in realizing that their hopes and dreams are important, and that it’s right to take care of their personal needs before giving to others.
Religious instruction that continually directs a woman to focus on the needs of others without spending adequate time developing her sense of self-worth increases pressure and adds guilt.
Girls are left with the feeling that, no matter how much they give, it isn’t enough. ….While religion remains primarily in the hands of males, this is the message it gives to women."
~ Mary Faulkner
Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes