“Christ-Sophia Has Risen”

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Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton offers us new words to sing to a familiar Christian tune (I know it best as “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation …”) this Easter morning, here performed by the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Jann describes the inspiration for these new words:

“Christ-Sophia” is the central divine symbol in this song. This new symbol holds power for inspiring social justice through shared power and fulfilling the biblical promise of new creation.  “Christ-Sophia” resurrects a lost biblical symbol and offers new possibilities for wholeness by making equal connections between male and female, black and white, Jewish and Christian traditions, thus providing a foundation for communities based on partnership instead of domination.

Sophia, the Greek word for Wisdom, is a resurrected biblical female divine image that opens new possibilities for justice, liberation, and new life. New Testament writers link Christ to Wisdom, a feminine symbol of God in the Hebrew Scriptures. Wisdom (Hokmah in Hebrew) symbolizes creative, redemptive, and healing power. In their efforts to describe this same power in Christ, the apostle Paul and other New Testament writers draw from the picture of Wisdom.

Here is a sample of the lyrics, quite a departure from the “Lord” and “King” of creation!

Rise up, O people, proclaim Christ-Sophia has risen,

raising the buried and opening the doors to all prisons.

Rise up and shine! Lighting the pathway divine,

as we declare this true vision.


Take heart, O daughters, behold, Christ-Sophia brings healing;

sons, lift your eyes and find health in this sacred revealing.

Claim life anew!  Earth’s richest beauty renew,

showing a way so appealing.



(h/t to my friend Pat who helped me remember the more familiar words to Lobe den Herren.)


About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and also teaches Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

  • http://biomystic.org Steve Lewis

    You should know that a new Christian vision has come via Jewish prophesy that prophesies the return of the Spirit of Christ in feminine form, a prophesy that also unites New World Native American spiritual prophesy with Old World Holy Land prophesy. The Vision of Christ Josephine is in spiritual motion. See http://biomystic.org/josephine.htm.

  • http://biomystic.org Steve Lewis

    Why are “Progressive” Christians so afraid of looking at modern Gnostic Christianity? Like here, zero response to a rather startling spiritual vision that unites Old World and New World Savior traditions and prophesies the return of the Divine Feminine with Signs that are happening now in our lifetimes. No interest in this by Progressives. No interest in the return of Jewish prophesy that has recovered the roots of the Torah in astro-theology of the ancient Near East that reveals the Christ/Messiah idea has been in operation for more than 4000 years. No interest by Progressives in this. Only in following the beat to death apologies and re-interpretations and re-organizations and re-tellings of the same old same old dead horse, Pauline Christianity, that never was spiritually correct because of Paul’s heavy and warped revision of Christ’s teachings. It’s sad to see no posts and dead space whenever I post to Progressive Christians, foolishly thinking they, perhaps, of all traditional Pauline Christians believers, might be open to another spiritual movement that has its roots in Gnosis and not blind faith in ancient men’s tales of God.

  • http://biomystic.org Steve Lewis

    Now not only silence from this blog owner supposedly discussing Sophia which is the Gnostic Christian Divine Feminine but now active censorship of a Gnostic Christian’s posts. Unbelievable. Banning next? Or shall we wait for the stakes and faggots to be trotted out ala the Inquisition which was actually started to root out and kill Gnostic heretics in Lanquedoc, France.

    • Caryn Riswold

      “Steve” … your point has been made, at length, for all who wish to know more they can read your words and follow your provided links.

  • http://biomystic.org Steve Lewis

    Thanks for finally responding. You can’t know what it’s like to be a modern Gnostic visionary who comes to people like you, yes, I did visit Claremont College looking for professionals in Christian history to talk about my modern Gnostic visions, but, like you, nobody’s interested because to them, to you, I’m a threat to your whole religious training which is Pauline Christian based theology, not Gnostic at all. And certainly not Jewish Gnostic, which one would think bible scholars and people involved with Christian root theology would be interested in since we Jews led the Christian movement. But zero interest in any modern Gnosis, except if it comes attached with recognized credentials, e.g. Jung’s Gnosis gets a nod here and there, but anything else is ignored by bible scholars.

    I won’t bother you with modern visions of the Divine Feminine because you’re non-interest speaks loudly and I won’t waste mine or your time. But to me you types do a tremendous disservice to legitimate spirituality by keeping people locked into the past failed theologies when God is providing new spiritual guidance you fail to see because you refuse to look.