Holding Space for Her Rising

We come together to remember, heal, reclaim and renew so Sophia can rise through us.

Sophia Rising’s priestesses and collaborators offer communal prayer and group events as well as other personalized services.

All ages and genders are welcome to our events, unless otherwise specified.

Communal offerings

Mother Masses

We occasionally gather to celebrate a Mother Mass, a thanksgiving feast of gratitude to the Great Mother of All Life, She Who Is. Check our calendar for dates, times, and locations. Free will donation.

Seasonal Rituals & Holy Days

We honor the four solar transitions that mark our seasons – Winter/Summer Solstice and Fall/Spring Equinox. We drop into ritual and prayer on other Holy Days and reclaim earth and ancestor honoring traditions from our European cultures. Check our calendar for dates, times, and locations. Free will donation.

Our full calendar of events can be found here.

Other Services

Sacrament & Ritual

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Our Priestesses serve our community through Sacramental care. Sacraments, visible signs of invisible grace, are available in English or Spanish to all bodies, genders, and sexualities:

  • Baptism
  • Wedding/Sacrament of Marriage
  • Funerals/Memorials
  • Anointing of the Sick
  • Eucharist/Communion
  • Reconciliation

Invite a Priestess to guest preach. All our Priestesses have experience offering sermons and homilies in both Protestant and Catholic settings – churches and retreats.

We believe all of life is sacramental and life transitions, at times, call for ritual. We work with individuals and groups to create custom rituals to hold space for changes such as divorce, emotional or physical healing, name change, coming of age/first blood ceremony, miscarriage, abortion, change in job, home blessings, BlessingWay (alternative to a baby shower), commitment ceremony, and many more.

Death Doula Services

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Death Doula

Annie Girresch is our resident end of life doula. She provides spiritual, emotional, and logistical care at the end of life. If you or someone you love is possibly facing the end of life, a doula can accompany you in facing the scary questions and thinking through decisions you really don’t want to have to make. 

End of life doulas support individuals and families in:

  • Understanding medical care and facility options
  • Advance Directives and end of life planning
  • Nonjudgmental listening
  • Spiritual and emotional “unfinished business”
  • Prayer and ritual
  • Spiritual guidance
  • Legacy projects to pass on your life’s wisdom to others
  • Funeral/memorial and burial planning and/or presiding


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Would you like one of our Priestesses to lead a workshop, class, or discussion with your group, faith community, or organization? Some areas of expertise include:

  • The history of Christianity, colonialism, and white supremacy
  • Ecofeminism
  • Embodiment
  • The Feminine Divine in the Christian Tradition
  • Mary Magdalene: leader and guide
  • The Rosary: history and practice
  • Queering Christianity
  • Death, dying, and grief
  • Liberation and Social Justice
  • Feminist Principles in Circle Leadership

Sophia Rising holds the dual values of
fair pay for our Priestesses’ time, energy and expertise and
equitable access to services.
If you want to work with us and finances are a barrier, please ask us about scholarships

Let’s rise together.