M.Div (h.c.), HPS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Neopagan Studies
While given the name Deanne at birth, Deanne is known as Bendis, Fierce Huntress of the Two Spears, within the Goddess spirituality community. Deanne always has been a student of religion and theo/alogy. She spent the early part of her life as a student of world religion, beginning with her first term paper at the age of fourteen, which was on the topic of comparative religion. Her work as a priestess began in the eighties and has been dedicated to helping women toward self-empowerment and in sharing with them the ecstasy of our Dance with Her. Her contributions have been devoted towards weaving webs across boundaries and continents, networking and pointing seekers far and wide, serving as moderator for many e-groups, serving as both peacekeeper and technical advisor for thousands of women as they grew in Goddess. She loves being in service to Goddess and promotes learning through diversity--a life-long passion for her.
Deanne loves to write and has published four books on Goddess spirituality. Her works include Dancing with Goddess, From the Branch--The Ogham for Spiritual Growth, Annym Billagh: Healing with the Tree Ogham, and Ogham Twigs. She is an Adjunct Professor at Ocean Seminary College teaching a wide range of courses in the Department of Neopagan Studies. At the same time, she is neck deep in her dissertation for her Doctorate of Ministry degree which she expects to complete in 2012.
Deanne is the founder of The Apple Branch - A Dianic Tradition, offering a mentoring program for women who wish to be of service in their communities as priestesses. She has ordained several women from various backgrounds into the Dianic tradition as clergy. Deanne also founded and runs the organization-Global Goddess, an online community of women who are committed to social/eco justice and publishes the Global Goddess Oracle, an online magazine for women. Until her move to Arkansas, Deanne served the Austin, Texas Goddess community as President on the Board of Directors for the First Austin Circle of the Re-Formed Congregation of the Goddess. There, she also co-facilitated the Ritual Planning Circle.
Deanne is currently organizing and promoting events and classes in Hot Springs and is digging in to find the Goddess community in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas.