I am watching the people in my world emerge from the isolation and trauma of our long dance with COVID. They are eating in our local restaurants and shopping along our sunny streets. They are reconnecting with old friends and taking picture of their kids all dressed up for winter formal and celebrating milestones once again. They are smiling and laughing with genuine joy. There is a feeling of relief that is palpable, a collective exhale.
As we approach the Mid-Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, we invite you to reflect upon the eternal dance between the Light and the Dark. In this liminal space, we have the opportunity to join a long lineage of ancestors who have celebrated at this same exact time each year. We can learn from the wisdom of the past, a time when humans understood more clearly our tiny part in the cosmic web of life, and the necessity of honoring the Earth and all life. Such ancient traditions feel even more important at this challenging moment in human history. We live in a world of uncertainty and confusion at a time when voices of negativity and conflict can sometimes seem to be drowning out the messages of light and love and hope; when [...]
With the verdict which found a police officer guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd, we are offered a collective moment to contemplate both the many cracks in our crazy world and the light that may yet be possible.
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 [...]
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 [...]
We are in sacred time. This remarkable time-out on our planet has created an opportunity for us to enter a liminal space together. We at Women of Spirit and Faith invite you to explore sacred time with us.
We are hearing from women who are struggling with the big truths facing humanity and our planet. We’re being asked to get comfortable with the mystery and courageously face the truth of what is.
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 [...]