from The First Epistle of Penelope to the Church at Azza
Book 16 of the Testament Unified
The Mother birthed the city, and the Mother birthed us all. Cities may live, if given life by the Mother, but they do not give birth. Having been gifted life, it does not necessarily follow that one may bestow life upon others.
Just as a man cannot bestow life, but only plant the seed of it, neither can every woman bestow life, as some are not able, their fields being barren.
And just as every woman cannot bestow life, neither can a city, nor a river, unless this be granted by the Mother.
Now, some among you are said to have been postulating of the sacredness of the living city. Sisters and brothers, this is a blasphemy beyond all doubt. The city may be blessed, may become something sacred, but as of now it is no more or less sacred than the dogs and cats and vermin that go about its streets.
I beseech you, sisters and brothers, to read only those books the Church Council has put before you. We are working diligently to unify the Testament of the Mother, but until this is complete, I urge and instruct you to read only that blessed by the imprimatur of the Council, lest our fledgling Church be led astray.
The city of Azza lives by the grace and glory of the Mother, and that grace may be withdrawn at Her pleasure. The same can be said of the Church at Azza, sisters and brothers. Fall not into wickedness, and seek only Her truth.
Sisters and brothers of Azza, may the light of the Mother's eye be upon you, and may you be blessed beyond the water.