Monday, November 30, 2009

Heading for Australia

In a couple hours I leave for LAX to begin my journey to Melbourne and the Parliament of the World's Religions. My bag is packed full of ribbons and buttons and poems and images to enrich our event there: A Creative Exploration of the Sacred Feminine.

I think I am ready, though I have come to recognize these last few hours before departure as the 'awkward hours', ripe with conflicting feelings. I am excited to be going and reluctant to leave home ... looking forward to spending this time in the company of some great women and keenly aware of how much I will miss my family and my dogs ... committed to being present in the moment and yet drawn strongly into the future.

A friend said to me at dinner last week "The operational task of our tribe is to bring more credibility to uncertainty, to bring more legitimacy to ambiguity. It is not flawed; it is a place of empowerment." I had to write that down.

And I am living in that place of ambiguity at this moment.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

As One: We Are Our Sisters' Keepers

You are invited to participate in a virtual on-line conference - As One; We Are Our Sister's Keepers - which will be available from November 25 - February 25 at http://www.weavingtheculture.com/. The conference features speakers, artists, music and poets in a unique online format which allows you to both listen in and download the audio files.

I was delighted to be able to contribute as a speaker, exploring 'Spirituality Intersects Leadership.'

This unique event is being held in conjunction with INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE TOWARD WOMEN AND GIRLS.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Women at the Parliament: It Just Keeps Growing!

It is hard to keep up with all the feminine energy building for the Parliament of the World's Religions which will open December 3 in Melbourne, Australia. Women's Spirit Council has created a blog to collect some the magnificent bits and pieces.

What is really wonderful is that you can join this stream of energy no matter where you will be in the world. To find all kinds of ways to join in, visit
Let us know if there is anything we should add! And please join us at this powerful intersection of gl0bal connection, women's leadership and the Sacred Feminine.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Women as 'Economic Engine'

"If ever the world sees a time when women shall come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a power such as the world has never known."
Matthew Arnold, British poet and philosopher (1822-1888)
I have been speaking, writing and organizing women around that quote for the past seven years. I believe it to be true, and I have imagined women rising up together to create a more peaceful, compassionate and sustainable world. This somehow always felt like a spiritual quest to me.
And now I am reading an article in the November 2 issue of Newsweek which is suggesting that this global transformation may actually be coming from an unexpected direction: 'Working women are poised to become the biggest economic engine the world has ever known.'
This is the subtitle of an article Hear Her Roar (written by Rana Foroohar and Susan H. Greenberg)which describes how the economic power and future spending patterns of women will both drive the global economic recovery AND shift our planetary priorities to focus on health, education, the well-being of children and the 'development of human capital'. The article also describes a 'virtuous circle' whereby economic growth fuels greater gender equality, which in turn leads to more sustainable forms of ecomomic growth. And it describes this cycle of empowerment as a global pattern, affecting women in India, China, Vietnam and Uganda as much as those here in the U.S.
I didn't see this coming... because I wasn't even looking in this direction. Once again I am reminded that Spirit works in mysterious ways.