I went down to the river to pray

Ayesha Mattu is a writer and consultant. Her first book, ‘Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women’  is out now. She currently serves on the board of World Pulse. Ayesha is working on a memoir about losing - and finding - faith and love, and blogs at Rickshaw Diaries .    O sisters let's go down, Let's go down, come on down. O sisters let's go down, Down in the river to pray     Alison Krause, Down to the River to Pray  It’s hard for me to … [Read more...]

It just is…

Kathe Shaaf is a founding member of Women of Spirit and Faith a circle of women supporting the emerging feminine and women’s spiritual leadership. She co-edited the book "Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership" which is an Amazon best seller in its category. I have participated in many women’s circles in the past decade. Some have been productive and some have been deeply still. Some have been challenging, with difficult conversations and strong feelings; others have … [Read more...]

It’s all about the body

Laura Paskell-Brown is a PhD student and teacher in New York city. She runs a circle for her young female students, to help them get in touch with their own intuition, their bodies and the leaders inside of them all. She is also on the Young Leaders Council of Women of Spirit and Faith.This morning the voice in my head screamed: “Pick up the phone stupid. You should because she’s your friend and she needs you. You’re a bad friend if you don’t!”  My body just says “no.”  She says it gently … [Read more...]

The divine feminine: practical and visionary, studied and embodied, strategic and intuitive

Courtney Martin is a writer, speaker, and activist living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, as well as four other books. You can read more about her on her website and/or follow her at @courtwrites.One thing I know for sure after the Women of Spirit and Faith retreat is…...in order for women to fully inhabit our rightful place as spiritual and religious leaders, we have to do a difficult mix of thinking strategically about the c … [Read more...]