Seventeen WSF women ranging in age from 21 to 85 traveled to Chicago in August for the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions. We spent a full year meeting regularly on Zoom calls to build a strong container for our Parliament events, using circle principles to hear every voice and weaving together the spiritual wisdom we carry individually into a brilliant new collective pattern.

While we are still integrating and processing all that we learned during our week at the Parliament, one new awareness has already risen to the surface. When WSF was created at the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Australia, we came together to nurture ‘women’s spiritual leadership.’ As we prepared for our Parliament engagements, we became aware that our mission had shifted over the past year to nurturing ‘feminine spiritual wisdom’. This is a subtle but powerful evolution.

WSF carried that new awareness into our full day sacred circle gathering for women on the day before the Parliament opened. Branches of the Sacred Feminine: Connecting at our Roots evoked deep sharing of our individual and collective spiritual wisdom.

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[Art created by Alison Fast.] by Kathe Schaaf The patriarchs are feeling confident that our spirits must surely be broken, as they have been so many times before when men came for us to burn away our power and our sacred wisdom. They came for us [...]

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Stillness quiets our minds and centers our hearts. It is the capacity to be present, in the moment – to be quiet, to be still, to listen.

So we invite all women — and men – to enter the circle, extend their senses to include the other, risk a deeper truth and commit to bring forward a new paradigm of leadership with us.

Circle Practice

When women gather in a circle with a sacred center, a space is created which calls forth collective wisdom and inspires personal passion. The world needs both right now.  As women of spirit and faith bringing our skills and leadership in so many different ways, we all need the nurturing, validation and synergy that a circle provides for its women.
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Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership
Where Grace Meets Power

This collaborative anthology features the wisdom of more than 30 diverse multigenerational women exploring how their spirituality nurtures and informs their leadership in the world. The book has received excellent reviews and reached number one in its category on Amazon!  Read More

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