Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fundraiser for Kenyan Women Septemeber 1

Those of you who are in southern California are invited to come join the fun:
All women, Whole world, Same Same
Tuesday, September 1
7-10 pm
27711 Deputy Circle
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
$20 at the door
This is a fundraiser for Mama na Dada, an NGO based in Kunya Village, Kenya which provides a comprehensive network of services for the empowerment of women and girls of that region.
I had the opportunity to visit Kunya Village in 2006 when I attended the Grassroots African Women's Conference in Bondo, Kenya and I have the great joy of loving Mama na Dada's founder Joyce Oneko as a friend and a sister of the heart. Joyce is an incredible leader, not just in her village of Kunya but through her visionary work on behalf of all the people of East Africa.
For those of you who live far away from southern California, I know that your donation would be greatly appreciated and wisely used to directly improve the lives of girls and women in Kenya. You can mail a check made out to 'Village Volunteers' to me at the address listed above. Village Volunteers is a 501.c.3 tax-exempt organization in the U.S. which is passing along 100% of all donations directly to Mama na Dada.
This is your opportunity to act locally and connect globally.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Illusion of Separation

I spent the past weekend in Seattle at a gathering of women. Out of our circles and conversations, there arose some threads that keep dancing around together in my head:

The subject of the Burning Times kept rising in the room like smoke. First one and then another and then another spoke of the memories still carried in our feminine bones and in our DNA, of how those memories hold us hostage even now and how we white women of European descent are trying to find our way back through the smoke to remember our natural spiritual authority. I shared one of my recent art pieces that I had struggled to allow last winter .... called 'Burning Times'.
We were blessed to receive the teachings of Patricia-Anne Davis, born of the Mississippi Band of the Choctaw for the Taa Chii nii Clan of the Navaho Nation. With Patricia as our guide, we experienced an indigenous healing ceremony which asked us to name the out of balance condition in our world. Our group consensus was the illusion of separation from the Divine Creator.
It is time now for we women to remember our connection to the Divine and to come forward with our spiritual leadership. It is that simple and that complex.