Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Honoring the Sacred Feminine at the Parliament of the World's Religions

To women of Spirit everywhere:

Wonderful news! The program staff at the Parliament of the World's Religions has tenatively approved our proposal to create an event to honor and celebrate the Sacred Feminine at the 2009 Parliament. The Parliament brings together spiritual leaders from around the globe every five years and was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and to foster a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

The next Parliament is scheduled to convene in Melbourne, Australia, December 4-9th, 2009 and presents an exciting opportunity to raise awareness about the Sacred Feminine. The idea of creating a celebration of the Sacred Feminine at the Parliament was born almost two years ago at a Gather The Women conference in St. Cloud, MN. The concept was nurtured at the Constellations of Hope gathering last fall and has continued to evolve ever since.

Individuals from religious traditions around the world have come to know and experience the Divine Mother. Her face is reflected in Kuan Yin, Tara, Shiva, the Virgin Mary, Mother Earth and many other forms. Her voice is too often missing from formalized religion so we are joyful to have this opportunity to invite visitors at the Parliament to come together to honor and celebrate the Sacred Feminine.

We plan to hold the event on the grassy expanse of lawn between the Exhibition Hall and the Yarra River, and to enjoy a creative exploration of the Divine Feminine in the music, dance, poetry and song of many traditions, co-created by women around the world. We trust the result will be a powerful and inspiring experience that promotes spiritual unity, empowers women as spiritual leaders, and acknowledges and celebrates the Sacred Feminine.

We need your help! Please share your thoughts and ideas for the celebration with us. We are particularly seeking recommendations of groups and/or individuals that might like to participate with a short presentation of music, dance, poetry or song. We are committed to having diverse spiritual traditions represented. If you know a group who might like to participate, please let us know, and if you will be in Melbourne, please join us!

There is another exciting opportunity to make feminine Spirit visible at this Parliament. A program cluster has emerged around 'Women's Leadership' and we are excited about this opportunity to build energy and awareness of the value of women as spiritual leaders. We are planning various activities and events to engage Parliament delegates in an exploration and inquiry about the many forms of feminine leadership.

We would welcome co-creators to help shape and hold these women's impulses at the Parliament. Please contact one of us (e-mail addresses below) if you would like to join one or both of these streams of activity. If you can not be physically present, please hold this endeavor in your thoughts, intentions, and prayers, for in uplifting the Sacred Feminine at the parliament, we will uplift women everywhere.

On behalf of the Sacred Feminine,

Meredith Tenney meredithhtenney@yahoo.com
Kathe Schaaf katheschaaf@cox.net

Friday, October 16, 2009

Message from Jean Bolen: Petition for U.N. 5th World Conference on Women

I an delighted to pass along this message from Jean Bolen, author of Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the Earth:

There are new circumstances and possibilities for a UN 5th World Conference on Women. This week, I launched a petition for 5WCW. The preamble provides information and an impressive list of signatories. The petition itself says simply: We, the undersigned, call on the UN, 192 member-states & affiliated NGOs to support a 5th World Conference on Women

Click on to http://gopetition.com/petitions/support-a-un-5th-world-conference-on-women.html

I hope that you will sign the petition and then urge your friends and organizations to go to this site and sign. Ripple effects are geometric. Makes going viral possible!
Let's gather the women, save the world.

With love, hope, and perseverance,
Jean Bolen

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Journey into the Mystery

I am still drifting along in the jet lag two days after my return from Scotland. This was a wonderful journey into the mystery.

First there was a week on Iona, living in Grianan House with six other women and exploring both the island and the bookshelves of this home which Lucy Bruce built in 1930 as a gathering place for women who sought peace. Each evening, we would gather for dinner and circle, reading from Lucy's book When I Consider the Heavens. Like her, we explored diverse spiritual traditions and sought to weave these together with our felt experiences of the spiritual truths embodied by this ancient land. We walked for hours, climbing to the top of Dun I and to the rocky shores of Columba Bay. We collected pounds of beautiful Iona stones and invited wonderful women to join us for tea in front of the coal fire. Our conversations danced through many layers of lore and meaning. And we ate scones and clotted cream as often as we could.

And then we traveled on to Roslin, the small village outside of Edinburgh which is home to Rosslyn Chapel. We heard the delightful story, told by the local people who love and tend this remarkable landmark, who were unaware of Dan Brown's book The DaVince Code and were unprepared when the number of visitors suddenly multiplied from a handful to hundreds each day. The chapel is a feast of images and symbols, history and mysteries carved in stone. Because we stayed in a local hotel just a short walk away, we were able to visit often and come to know the rhythms of this place. Attending a service in the chapel on Sunday morning (this is also a functioning Anglican church), we experienced the juxtaposition of children playing games in the shelter of the ancient intricate stonework and witnessed the community celebration of a baptism. Sitting in the autumn sunshine later on a bench just outside, with the local cat William purring on my lap, I could feel the chapel stones telling their stories in my bones.

So many stories: legends of Freemasons and Knights Templar, of secrets buried beneath the chapel, of a voyage to North America made a century before Columbus, of links to the Arthur legends and the Holy Grail, of the intricate dance between the ancient spiritual roots of this land and the Christian structures that were laid down upon those roots.

The words came to me as a group of us circled in the crypt: There is a truth hidden in plain sight which passeth all human understanding.