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New Year’s Message 2021

Just the other day my husband (a lawyer who had been struggling with a legal problem) turned to me and said, with relief in his voice,  “I think I just glimpsed a way to connect the dots to find a solution.” And I felt my heart leap with yearning for just such an epiphany. Wouldn’t it be a huge relief if we could find a way to connect the dots in some way that would lead to a solution for our wounded humanity? It seems no accident that this yearning sprang up just after January 6, a day when the profound depths of our American woundedness were written large for the entire world to see.   Ironically, January 6 is also the Feast of the Epiphany for [...]

2021-01-22T13:20:28-08:00

Pandemic 2020: Reflections on Listening

Change is a major feature of these past few months – in almost every arena. Time has shifted into timelessness – I have to focus to figure out what day it is. The rhythm and pace of my days has moved into a flow – it will happen when it will happen is my new mantra. There is a lot to be concerned about and yet I find comfort and hope from a 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich. “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”    Since we can’t be together in person we are finding ways to communicate differently. We are learning to tune in to the hive – where we connect telepathically, without depending [...]

2020-08-04T23:27:59-07:00

Musings from the Garden

I hope you that are taking time to nourish and rest, that you are feeling your breath and cultivating kindness for yourself and others. I believe these simple things become very important in times such as these. My viewpoint is that we are alive in a catalytic moment in a long-term movement of restoration of dynamic balance and wholeness as humanity on this living Earth. These tragic, unjust, human-made systems based in oppression, violation, and abuse of people and landscapes are intolerable and unsustainable. Powerful forces are colliding and catalyzing inevitable transformation: This Pandemic, these long-overdue Global Uprisings for Black Lives, veils removed from economical and political dysfunction …. It's my belief that what fuels these uprisings for transformation is this wise, ancient force within us (as [...]

2020-06-23T21:18:34-07:00

Don’t Lose Faith in Faith

By Kathe Schaaf and Kay Lindahl Next month marks the tenth year since a conversation at the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne sparked the founding of Women of Spirit and Faith. We saw, heard and experienced the voice of the feminine rising in new ways. We found ourselves called to create a space where the spiritual and faith-informed voices of diverse women could be heard and where the power of women’s spiritual leadership could be explored, nurtured and celebrated. We trusted in that impulse and have been guided in ways we could never have imagined. Our name is a reflection of the desire to gather women of faith affiliated with a particular religious tradition and women of spirit who live their spirituality in the [...]

2019-11-18T08:37:19-08:00

The Women are Coming

In her new book Dear Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church, the wise Sister Joan tells about sitting in a gathering of people sharing their serious concerns about the challenges facing our country and our world. The general consensus was that things are bad and getting worse. She goes on to relate how one of the young men declared with hope:  “You’re all forgetting something. The women are coming.

2019-08-29T17:49:24-07:00

The Power in the Paradox of it All

In the past five weeks, my father died and my son got married. I had the blessing to sit by Papa's side with my mom and sisters for 10 days as he made his transition at the age of 91. As he was laid to rest, I was awake to both my deep grief at losing him and profound gratitude that I felt complete with my dad, that I was able to tell and show both my parents how much I love them and how deeply I appreciate who they are. I knew my dad loved me beyond words. Each passing day I become more aware of how his love continues to be actively present in my life, how his spirit is still guiding and protecting the people he loves. I am more aware than ever of the spiritual power available in the liminal spaces, the spaces between.

2019-07-11T17:30:53-07:00
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