Mother-Work: How women give and receive

As custodians of life, our families, our communities, the earth, we know the awe of responsibility. But how do we listen to the real need – both in ourselves and in life?For many years I have listened to women tell stories about their lives. Women who share dreams they have at night, and images that arise in meditation or while engaged in some daily task like washing dishes.I believe these stories and wisdom have to do with a language that is emerging, to help women understand how we can … [Read more...]

Mother-Work: Voice of the Mother

For the last two years I have sung in a gospel choir that has changed my life. A chorister since I was seven, I have ever prided myself on my technique and my discipline. So it is that I found my first few months with this choir challenging. I didn’t understand why our conductor wasn’t stricter, why he didn’t correct our rhythms more, why he didn’t direct the dynamics of every phrase. “When was he going to kick us into shape?” I wondered. We needed a little bit of the hard stick.This is a sma … [Read more...]

Mother-work: God is Like a Mother Hen

When I was part of an Episcopal Women to Women trip to Jerusalem, we went to a chapel called Dominus Flevit on the western slope of the Mount of Olives just across the KidronValley from Jerusalem.  The church designed in the shape of a teardrop has a picture window overlooking the city and at the foot of the altar is a mosaic of a mother hen gathering her chicks under her wings recalling Christ’s words “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! Ho … [Read more...]

Rachel Barenblat – mother, writer and rabbi – on the poetry of motherhood

Here at Women of Spirit and Faith we are all about weaving of our lovely young leaders, Ayesha Mattu hosts a blog called "Love InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of  American Muslim Women" (also the title of her extraordinary book).This month Love InshAllah reviews a beautiful collection of  poetry from poet, mother and rabbi, Rachel Barenblat. In Waiting To Unfold  Rabbi Barenblat documents her pregnancy and the first year of her son’s life through her powerful v … [Read more...]

My Mother-Work as Woman Warrior

I married young in order to have somewhere to shelter my siblings, as we came from parents whose parenting consisted in religion-prescribed punishment. The matriarch whom I chose as my mother-in law was happy to include me and my family under her huge heart and in her powerful arms. Tragically, she was taken by cancer before the birth of her first grandchild, a girl. During her dying, my husband was also dying; his manhood was dependent on his mother's strength. I was still an … [Read more...]

Mother-work: Mothering is Helping Others

Mother.  When most people think about the word, they think of the woman who raised them as a child. But what does the word mother really mean? Does it have something to do with the person who raised you? Or is there more to the word then there seems at first glance? From my perspective, a mother is someone who takes care of others, a person who helps someone that cannot help him/herself.For me helping others is something I enjoy very much. I am planning on going on my fourth mission trip … [Read more...]

We invite you to blog on: mothering and “Mother-Work”

Women of Spirit and Faith has joined with multiple organizations to invite events across the Earth on Mother's Day in celebration of Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunties - ALL women - as the Earth's original peacekeepers. As part of the celebrations, we extend an invitation to you to send us a blog of 300-700 words on the topic of "Mother Work". Included in this broad concept is not only traditional mothering – caring for children – but also all of the other ways in which we express our role as care … [Read more...]