Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation

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4
ECOFEM1NISM AND
THE TRINITY

Human beings are a part of the whole we call the Universe; they
are a tiny fragment of time and space. However, they regard them-
selves, their ideas and their feelings, as separate and apart from all
the rest. It is something like an optical illusion in their conscious-
ness. This illusion is a sort of prison; it restricts us to our person-
al aspirations and limits our affective life to a few people very
close to us. Our task should be to free ourselves from this prison,
opening up our circle of compassion in order to embrace all living
creatures and all of nature in its beauty
.

Albert Einstein


Feelings and Associations Related to the Trinity

“When we hear the word “Trinity,” we immediately associate it with an unfathomable mystery that is part of our faith but that we have trouble relating to.* We have been told that our God is a Trinity that has overcome all loneliness and isolation. We have also been told that it is the communion among Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a very beautiful and perfect sharing we should imitate in our own relationships. Today, this whole way of speaking seems more and

* This chapter reproduces parts of the author’s book on the Trinity and contains modifications of other parts. See Ivone Gebara, Trindade, coisas velhas e novas: Uma perspectiva ecofeminista (São Paulo, Brazil: Paulinas, 1993).

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