ABSTRACT

Feminism has been and continues to be a resistance movement which valorizes spiritual practice. Despite the sexism of male-dominated religions females have found in spiritual practice a place of solace and sanctuary. Throughout the history of the church in Western life women have turned to monastic traditions to find a place for themselves where they can be with god without the intervention of men. Where they can serve the divine without male domination. With keen spiritual insight and divine clarity the mystic Julian of Norwich would write long before the advent of contemporary feminism: 'Our savior is our true Mother in whom we are endlessly born and out of whom we shall never come'. Daring to counter the notion of our savior as always and only male Julian of Norwich was charting the journey back to the sacred feminine. Helping to free women from the bondage of patriarchal religion.