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Children of Jesus and MaryThe Order of Christ Sophia$
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James Lewis and Nicholas Levine

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378443.001.0001

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(p.3) 1 History
Children of Jesus and Mary

Nicholas M. Levine

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a basic overview of the history of the Order of Christ Sophia (OCS). The OCS is only a decade old, but it has grown out of a number of predecessor movements: the Holy Order of MANS (HOOM), the Brotherhood of Christ, and the Holy Order of Sophia. Earl Blighton, who was involved in alternative spirituality for much of his life, founded the HOOM during the heyday of the counterculture. Father Peter Bowes, who had been a minister in the Holy Order of MANS, founded the Brotherhood of Christ. Father Peter's brotherhood was short-lived. But one of Bowes's students, Mother Clare Watts, founded an all-women's order, the Holy Order of Sophia, which later became the Order of Christ Sophia after Bowes and Watts joined forces. The historical backdrop for the OCS is thus the history of these predecessor movements and the biographies of Blighton, Bowes, and Watts.

Keywords:   Holy Order of Christ Sophia, Holy Order of MANS, Earl Blighton, Peter Bowes, Clare Watts

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