Why I am an…All.

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There has been a great deal of media buzz recently about the growing segment of the U.S. religious landscape called “unaffiliated”; people who are spiritual, sometimes deeply so, but not affiliated with any one religion.  They are being cleverly branded as the ‘Nones” and are touted as part of a huge shift in our culture. My friend Anne Benvenuti has wisely observed that most of the “Nones” she knows are actually “Alls”; rather than having no religious identification, there are a growing number o … [Read more...]

Ending violence against women: UNITE: STAND UP, SPEAK OUT and TAKE ACTION


Jassy Watson lives in Australia. She is a mother of four, artist, environmental activist and organic gardener. She runs a small business ‘Goddesses Garden’ and is also studying Ancient History and Religion. Jassy has recently become WSF contact for local women’s circles in Australia.Violence against girls and women is recognized as a major issue on the international human rights agenda. This violence includes a wide range of abuses, including trafficking in women and girls, rape, wife abu … [Read more...]

Universal brotherhood: creating a world in which women are safe from violence


Monica Maghiar is of Romanian origin and lives in the US. She is a mother, dentist, entrepreneur and theosophist.I will offer a straight solution: universal brotherhood. This means to learn which are our highest ideals as humanity and educate people about them. It means to realize our unity despite sexual, religious and racial differences and work incessantly for others.In order to ignite brotherly feelings in between nations we will have to help in the international exchange of use … [Read more...]

One billion rising: global dance flash mobs to end violence against women


ONE BILLION RISING IS:A global strike An invitation to dance A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given A new time and a new way of beingSan FranciscoIndia … [Read more...]

If my boyfriend spoke to me the way my mind does, I would dump him

Another person who appears to be having trouble meditating.

Laura Paskell-Brown is active in Women of Spirit and Faith. Aside from studying for a PhD, she is having trouble reconciling her spiritual path and the voices in her head.Week one of the 28-day meditation challenge is over.For the first seven days, the challenge was to sit for 20 minutes daily and watch my breath. No intervention, no forcing it, just watching.So I’m watching…watching…but my mind keeps getting in the way: “Hey loser, did I mention that you suck at this meditating t … [Read more...]

Join the Conversation about Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women


Women of Spirit and Faith, and our sister organization, The Women’s Task Force at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, will be participating in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (held in NYC March 4th-15th), as women from around the world gather to focus on eliminating violence against women.One of their offerings will feature a panel of women leaders from diverse religious perspectives exploring the complex topic ” Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women”. … [Read more...]

Who inspires me? Inspired by all of you agents of change


Ruthie Howard is from Northern California. She currently lives in Las Vegas, NV and works as the Program Manager at the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada. She considers her religion to be interfaith.My good friend has asked me if I would like to contribute to this blog and I have waited this long to write this post, because I was stumped with the topic. Who in my life inspires me? Who gives me hope? Who keeps me alive? My mind has been racing and I couldn’t decide who and what si … [Read more...]

28-day meditation challenge

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Laura Paskell-Brown is active in Women of Spirit and Faith. She is studying for a PhD and lives next to a very noisy road in Brooklyn, New York.During the month of February, Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, is inviting anyone who wants to try, to participate in the meditation program she has laid out in her book.I first heard about this 28-day meditation challenge on January 29th. It begins today. I don't have the book or the ac … [Read more...]

Who inspires me? Y’all do!!

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Laura Paskell-Brown is active in Women of Spirit and Faith, part of an ever-expanding global circle of women (and men) who feel called to show up in love.As you know, the challenge we gave you this month was to blog about someone who inspires you......I love it when I can’t answer my own questions...I mean, it’s so hard to choose just one person, it really is.However, I knew that a blog was expected of me. So sitting at my desk, I began making a list of names, hoping that one woul … [Read more...]

Who inspires you? North South Sisters


Ann Smith is Co-Founder and Director of Circle ConnectionsAngela Weber lives in Salvador, Brazil where she celebrates our Winter Solstice as her Summer Solstice.  She lives in a city that has 80% African descendants, the largest anywhere outside of Africa.  It is called the city of women and has a population of 3 million people.I first met Angela in 1999, when she by chance walked into a meeting that I was holding in her Episcopal Church in Salvador were we were planning a worldwide A … [Read more...]