Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Women of Faith and Spirit ~ An Exploratory Conversation about Women, Faith and Leadership

As a woman of faith and spirit, you know something important about this moment in human history. You know it from your rich experiences in the world and you know it from a place of deep wisdom within. Your unique pattern of knowing is part of a larger pattern of feminine wisdom which may have the potential to powerfully animate the spiritual leadership of North American women in service of humanity.

We are excited about the possibilities that lie before us as women and deeply curious to learn more about the current pattern of women’s spiritual leadership in North America at this moment in time. As we attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions in December 2009 and in our explorations to date:

• We observed that while there are currently many initiatives focusing on women’s leadership, most do not put an emphasis on the spiritual needs and issues that are unique to women and that may indeed represent some of the most significant barriers to activating their authentic leadership.

• We observed that while there are currently many diverse initiatives and networks for spiritual women, there exists in this moment a powerful opportunity to build a larger field of collaboration, passion and action by building bridges of understanding to connect these diverse networks in a web of spiritual presence.
You are invited to join us for a series of four ‘Exploratory Conversations’ hosted as conference calls from April through July 2010. Focusing on a series of questions, this inquiry will allow us to explore together the pattern of women’s spiritual leadership in North America.

April 15 ~ Thursday 5 - 6 p.m. Pacific/ 8 - 9 p.m. Eastern
What does it mean to be a woman of faith and spirit?

May 20 ~ Thursday 5 - 6 p.m. Pacific/ 8 -9 p.m. Eastern
What is the special contribution of women to spiritual leadership?

June 17 ~ Thursday 5 - 6 p.m. Pacific/ 8 – 9 p.m. Eastern
How might we animate women to claim their voices/roles as spiritual leaders?

July 15 ~ Thursday 5 - 6 p.m. Pacific/ 8 – 9 p.m. Eastern
What is waiting to be birthed in the community of women and spirit?

Simply RSVP to any one of us by email and indicate your interest in any or all upcoming conversations. We will send you the conference call information once we hear from you.

For more information, see
http://womenoffaithandspirit.blogspot.com/
http://www.peacenext.org/group/womensnetworknorthamerica

We would be happy to answer any questions you might have and look forward to an exciting year of listening to the wisdom of the women of faith and spirit.

In gratitude,

Kathe Schaaf - Women’s Spirit Council - mailto:katheschaaf@cox.net
Kay Lindahl - The Listening Center - mailto:thelisteningcenter@yahoo.com
Guo Cheen -Compassionate Action Network - thecompassionnetwork@gmail.com

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Singing a Seed Song

I have been so engaged with life that I haven't had much time to write about it!

In the past month, I have:
~ made two trips to New York
~ visited the Egyptian exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum
~ attended some of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, the UN-NGO Beijing +15Forum and some of the parallel events
~ had dental surgery to extract a tooth and recovered from an infection
~ attended the launch of the North American Women of Faith Network and the Women of Faith Leadership Summit
~ worked in my garden, kissed my dogs and taken long walks
~ given the keynote address at the Southern California Gather the Women event to celebrate International Women's Day
~ scheduled trips to visit colleges with my son in April and join my sisters for our annual Sister Retreat in June
~ read some brilliant poetry, worked on a painting and listened in on some incredible wisdom
~ revised a couple websites, launched a blog and answered hundreds of e-mails
~ soaked up the rich collective energy of the Kalliopeia Foundation's 'Emergence' event.

At the sunrise fire ceremony at the Kalliopeia gathering, Lorraine Kahneratokwas Gray from New Mexico sang a Seed Song. She explained how in her indigenous tradition, women would sing to the seeds to help them awaken and remember.

I am singing to my seeds.

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Wealth of Feminine Wisdom

I am delighted to announce
a remarkable new archive of feminine wisdom
is now available online.
Visit Jamie Walters' SophiaLogues
In this series of emerging audio dialogues, Jamie continues her exploration of the Wisdom of the Feminine with a special focus on the re-emerging Divine Feminine. Her conversations with men and women from various paths and traditions takes us deeply into some important questions for these times: What is the Feminine? What are the gifts of the Feminine? How does reclaiming and embodying the Feminine help to foster conscious living, working and leadership?
Each dialogue is a treasure.