URI North America is spotlighting four exceptional women involved in Cooperation Circles in the North America region. To Listen is Divine Kay Lindahl has been described as an inspired presence with passionate energy. She has been intimately connected to the interfaith movement since the early 1990’s. Her entry point to interfaith was her deep interest in, and passion for, spiritual growth and community building. The unfolding of her journey has been fed by these passions and guided by spirit, which has led her to be involved in incredible projects, both personally and professionally, as a consultant, author and speaker. In the process of following these promptings, her connection to different people and organizations has continually expanded. Most of Kay’s life experiences have evolved organically, as [...]
How do you use alchemy? The first thing that comes to my mind is "I do not use alchemy; alchemy uses me." We've discovered there are many layers of meaning of this word 'alchemy'. There is a sense of mystery wrapped around the word, an invitation to surrender to the unknown together and be changed.
By Kathe Schaaf and Kay Lindahl In three months, women will gather for the third Women’s March. On January 19, the main march will be held once again in Washington D.C. while cities around the country and the world will join the energy with marches of their own. In the first march on January 21, 2017 at least 3 million women worldwide took part, with some estimates as high as 5 million. So much has happened in the past two years, and for many women it feels like the attacks on the feminine just keep coming. This seems a really important moment to pause and reflect. What is the message that women most need to send to the world? What wisdom do women have to offer in [...]
Reaching Beyond No By Kay Lindahl and Kathe Schaaf When order crumbles, mystery arises. – John Shea in Stories of God (2007) We are living in a remarkable time for humanity. The old order is indeed crumbling around us. We are being faced daily with new and alarming consequences of our degradation of the Earth, a greed-based value system that undermines human dignity, and a culture of fear that fuels violence and hatred of the ‘other.’ The news is not all bad; we are also catching more frequent glimpses of exciting new ways to live and learn together on this planet with compassion, peace, justice, and sustainability. We know what kind of future we want to create – we just don’t know yet how to create it. [...]
We can’t help but notice that the world seems to have suddenly ‘discovered’ the value of women.
The North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) gathering in Phoenix, Arizona, last July included a visit to a Hindu temple where a meal was shared along with questions, stories, and new friendships
“Bearing the Light” at Rockefeller Chapel Photo: 8 Eyes Photography On November 3, University of Chicago’s magnificent Rockefeller Chapel hosted the inaugural event of the Women’s Task Force at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
On a rainy afternoon in late February 2012, a dozen women gather in a room of a hotel near the United Nations headquarters in New York. They are activists representing women’s organizations from across the U.S. and the world
Redefining Religious Leadership By Kay Lindahl and Kathe Schaaf Published at: http://www.theinterfaithobserver.org The impact of the Parliament of the World’s Religions is hard to quantify. Each gathering sparks action in the personal lives of the attendees, but also in the creation of interfaith groups and organizations around the world. This story is about a new network of women who were inspired by the December 2009 Parliament in Melbourne, Australia. Clockwise from top left, Kay Lindahl, Kathe Schaaf, Kathleen Hurty, and Guo Cheen The Divine Feminine was alive at this gathering. In one conversation after another people were talking about Earth-based spirituality, the Sacred Feminine, feminine principles, the full inclusion of women, women’s leadership, and the critical global issues facing women and their children. Little [...]
Wow. We are awed that there are so many of you and that you are so diverse. We are excited and relieved to see that you are already doing politics differently We feel a sense of urgency now to move beyond old boundaries of political, religious or ideological identity and discover a better way forward together. Your candidacy gives you the opportunity to break out of old paradigms and breathe fresh air into our democratic process. Unfortunately, ‘politics as usual’ does not invite - or even allow - the kind of wisdom we need at this time. The old game is driven by power, money and fear. Imagine the impact if we could expect our political leaders to tell the truth, to be kind and curious and to rebuild our democracy by listening - not just to one another but also to their own inner wisdom and moral guidance.