About the Co-Creators

Melody Lee, MEd

After a long career as a high school English and drama teacher, Melody is pursuing her dream of writing as well as continuing her involvement with ritual, storytelling, goddess spirituality, shamanism, and ancient sacred sites. Melody has done professional story telling and was the recipient of a year long National Endowment for the Humanities Teacher/Scholar Grant for a year of independent study comparing the journeys of male and female heroes in myth and literature. At First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Melody has led women’s ritual groups, a CUUPS[1] chapter, designed and implemented a religious education Wheel of the Year curriculum, and taught Cakes for the Queen of Heaven.[2] She also co-creates rituals for Women’s Lodge. Contact Melody at news [at] cronecurriculum.net.

Karen Edwards, PhD

Karen is a Psychology professor at Endicott College teaching Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Gender, Counseling, Human Sexuality and Intimate Relationships and a course called Psychology of Spirituality. Karen has traveled around the world exploring many religious paths, especially Buddhism. She has also been an Individual and Marriage and Family Therapist in Newton, Massachusetts for over 20 years and a trainer and co-director for the New England Institute of Neuro-Linguistic Programming for many years. Her research interests include spirituality in psychotherapy and the power of groups for personal transformation. At the First Unitarian Society of Newton she co-facilitates the Cakes for the Queen of Heaven course and co-creates rituals for Women’s Lodge.

Dorothy May Emerson, MDiv, DMin

Dorothy is a Unitarian Universalist community minister with Rainbow Solutions in Medford, Massachusetts, where she offers programs and writes about the spiritual aspects of money and socially responsible investing. She also consults with justice-making organizations, such as Promise the Children. She has written and edited adult curricula including “Creating a Just Economic Community” and “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven: In Ancient Times.” Her books include Standing Before Us: Unitarian Universalist Women and Social Reform 1776-1936 and Glorious Women: Award-Winning Sermons about Women. Her interest in women’s spirituality began many years ago when she co-founded Our Lady’s Mission, a feminist spirituality network in Austin, Texas.

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[1] CUUPS — Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans — is an interest group within the Unitarian Universalist Association honoring goddess-based, earth-centered, tribal and pagan spiritual paths. See www.cuups.org.

[2] Cakes for the Queen of Heaven is a widely used Unitarian Universalist feminist thealogy curriculum, first developed by Rev. Shirley Ranck in 1986 and recently updated and republished in two sections in 2007 and 2008. See www.uuwr.org. Click on Store.