On Feminine Ground: for our Work of Justice, Peace, and Sustainability

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            The words “On Feminine Ground” stir in me dreams of a transformed world. On Feminine Ground everyone has freedom to become all we are created to be in the divine image. On Feminine Ground all creation flourishes.For too long our world has been out of balance with the masculine dominating and the feminine subordinated or excluded. We have all suffered from this imbalance. On Feminine Ground there will be a healthy balance that encourages all of us to embrace our wholeness and to ex … [Read more...]

My feet are planted: finding my own feminine ground

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The phrase “On Feminine Ground” stirs up thoughts from the very deep internal, personal to the big global picture. I have been attempting to find my own feminine ground for my whole life. It’s an ongoing practice in a world that seemingly does everything it can to take me up and away and knock me off center.  My values are often at odds with the dominant culture. After two millennia of denigration of the feminine, our task in this time is to elevate and honor the feminine and nurture and witness … [Read more...]

Shame and Voice: Truth shall grow from the ground

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“Truth shall grow from the ground” Psalms 85:11It is deep within the ground that seeds decompose and produce new fruit. The cycle of creation involves necessary destruction. Things are always in flow, in flux. My body- and all that it holds- is my ground. In the creation story in Genesis we learn that the human was formed from earth and then given life and spirit through the breath of the divine. The human is a magnificent coming together of matter and spirit: “Truth shall grow from the groun … [Read more...]

Invitation to blog: On Feminine Ground

The WSF blog is a sacred space for the voices of women from all faith traditions and spiritual perspective to explore and express the many dimensions of the Divine Feminine. For the next six months,  we will be exploring the questions that are in women's hearts and watching for emerging energy as we prepare to convene at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in October.Women of Spirit and Faith is exploring the phrase ‘On Feminine Ground’ during the coming year – anchoring several events an … [Read more...]

Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity through the Divine Feminine

When I commune with nature in my backyard, a wild Everglade preservation, I come into a meditative state where heart and mind are one. I feel deep peace and reverence for all life, a sense of Oneness with Mother Earth and the cosmos. This state of bliss quiets my brain chatter and I become I am who I am, no better or lesser and in sync with creation. I would love to stay in this state while co-existing in the modern world, but self-doubts and self-consciousness interfere.It is in meditation, … [Read more...]

Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity in a Community of Women

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The first time I heard the words ‘Reclaiming the Heart of our Humanity’, they took my breath away. Alison Fast, one of the young leaders in our Women of Spirit and Faith community, called to tell me she felt inspired to suggest these words as the theme of the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions. I gasped, that sharp intake of breath that occurs when my heart and my head simultaneously recognize I am in the presence of something powerful and transformative. I began immediately to carry the ph … [Read more...]

The heart of humanity: What does the term “heart” mean?

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As a Roman Catholic child, I was taught that the mothers were the hearts of the homes and the fathers were the heads. Yet, I was scorned by my mother and grandmothers and encouraged by my father. It is dangerous to assume that a world where women rule and men will submit will be any more balanced, or human, than our patriarchal world is now.It seems to me that claiming the fullness of being human, as opposed to simply being a member of the homo sapiens species of animal, entails reclaiming … [Read more...]

Invitation to blog: How are you Reclaiming the Heart of Your Humanity?

The WSF blog is a sacred space for the voices of women from all faith traditions and spiritual perspective to explore and express the many dimensions of the Divine Feminine. For the next six months,  we will be exploring the questions that are in women's hearts and watching for emerging energy as we prepare to convene at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in October.This month our questions will focus on the theme of this Parliament  -- Reclaiming the Heart of our Humanity – which was su … [Read more...]

Forged by the Divine Feminine

When we met across a table at the local poetry circle 35 years ago, the Divine Feminine was not on our minds. Admittedly, he was fresh back from the Spiritual Hippie Trail in India. His first thought on seeing me: That woman is going to be my wife. Second thought: That is a really strange thought.  My own thoughts were a confusion of  sexual interest and  a stern shake of the 'you are with someone already' variety.  But poetry brought us together. Robert Frost says, “Poetry is when an emotion has … [Read more...]

Sacred Secrets of Love

The miracle of the relationship I share with my husband is a source of constant gratitude and amazement to me. Our life partnership is the center of our sacred space. We have lost several physical homes, but our spiritual home is in each others’ aura. Through our lives together, I have come to define “Love” as responsible and responsive compassion for another.The secret is that we are both totally naked emotionally.  We have been able to use the wounds in our individual spirits to find places … [Read more...]


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