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Monday, May 15, 2006

This week at Mary Magdalene.

The Rev. Liz Lerner likes the way The Da Vinci Code has provoked all kinds of questions about the origins of Christianity, especially about Mary Magdalene. Unfortunately, the novel and the movie are wildly misleading. She takes us on a quest for the historical Mary Magdalene.

In the news, Don Skinner reports on organizations working to protect immigrant workers' rights in Mississippi and Louisiana with funding from the UUA-UUSA Gulf Coast Relief Fund. And Sonja Cohen's news blog locates the first Unitarian Universalist "U2charist" I've heard about, a superintendent who plagiarized a UU minister's sermon in a recent op-ed, and more from around the web.

(Psst: The Summer issue comes out later this week.)

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 15 May 2006 at 7:39 AM

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Dudley Jones:

May 15, 2006 12:19 PM | Permalink for this comment

UU clergy encouraging people to see "The Da Vinci Code" - why is it I am not at surprised by this?

The actual historical evidence that Jesus was married is absolutely zero. You all know that and should be saying it out loud.


May 15, 2006 01:04 PM | Permalink for this comment

Perhaps you should read the article all the way to the end before you leap to a conclusion, Dudley.


May 15, 2006 06:07 PM | Permalink for this comment

Rev. Lerner's assumption that Mary Magdalene is not respected in either the Catholic or the Orthodox traditions is quite inaccurate. She is considered a saint, and many churches are dedicated to her figure. She is even called "apostola apostolorum" (the apostles' apostle) for having been the first to witness the Resurrection. In the Spanish-speaking world, many women are called Magdalena after her.

For more info on the Catholic position:

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