Stepping stones on the journey: The hunger that guides me


Denise Casey lives in Vermont where she writes, hikes, sings, studies and practices mind-body healing and just "keeps on showin up."  She is also one of the young leaders with Women of Spirit and Faith There wasn't an important moment in time when all of the stars aligned, kicked me in the rear and sent me on my way. When I think of what guides me the first word that comes to mind is hunger. It’s not always strong and present, but it’s there. A hunger for something I know, at so … [Read more...]

Stepping Stones to The Spirit


 Yvette Warren is a grandmother and an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church.  Her blog, which explores interfaith family values can be found at: One Family, Many Faiths  When I was six years old, and preparing to receive "The Body and Blood" of Jesus for the first time in my First Holy Communion, I was told that my sins had killed Jesus. I was also told that I had to confess my sins and do penance before I was good enough to receive this special gif … [Read more...]

Stepping stones on the spiritual journey: My 65th Birthday Gift


Jeanie DeRousseau is an Anthropologist. She is also a board member of  Imagine the Good and the "Chief Visionary Officer" of LightPages, a group of organically connecting women who are committed to facilitating new social systems that serve the common good.  A week ago I completed my 65th year in this physical body.  When my sister Pam called to wish me Happy Birthday, I told her that my stomach was off, so no cake for me.  Just before she hung up, she added a postscript to our conver … [Read more...]

Unexpected Steps in the Journey: Pilgrimage Into the Mystery


Kathe Schaaf is a founding member of Women of Spirit and Faith, organized in 2010 with the intention of exploring, nurturing and celebrating women’s spiritual leadership. She is one of the editors of Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power, an anthology of women’s wisdom. Kathe serves on the Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, where she co-chairs the Women’s Task Force.  In spring of 2010, I trave … [Read more...]

Stepping Stones on your Spiritual Journey: Stories of the places, the guides and the events that made a difference along the way


Spiritual breakthroughs can happen at the most unexpected times, while doing the most unexpected things and in the most unexpected places.  Many look to carve out time to travel somewhere new and look for new insights.  Or find groups of like minded people on a similar journey to share an experience.  Others search alone for the quiet and the inspiring in nature and the world.  Many are blessed with a guide along the way who knows how to help us find our way.All of us have stories of the imp … [Read more...]

Poem from the heart: Sing Out Our Spirits, Oh My Sisters!

Yvette Warren is a grandmother and a newly ordained minister in the Universal Life Church. Her blog is called "One Family, Many Faiths"How desperately my friends reach out to me, Wanting to save my soul, which is already free. It is such a source of sadness to them and to me That we, on our faith, cannot agree. My friends are bound by the words of men, As if women's voices aren't part of salvation. They defer only to the words that men intended When the editors of the bible, w … [Read more...]

Who Is She? Defining my own sense of the Goddess.


Molly is a certified birth educator, writer, and activist who lives in central Missouri. She is an editor, a breastfeeding counselor, a professor, and doctoral student in women’s spirituality. She blogs about birth, motherhood, and women’s issues at Talk Birth and about thealogy at I have a thealogical view of the world/universe as the body of the Goddess. Everything is interconnected in a great and ever-changing dance of life. Not as “all one,” but as … [Read more...]

Abundance: Why I Write

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Susan Naomi Bernstein is a writer and educator living in Queens, NY. Her blog is called: "Beyond the Basics" (for Bedford Bits)Today my spouse of nearly thirty years asked me: "Do you have everything you need?" My spouse was asking about lunch— and yet—the existential sweetness of that inquiry fills me with inspiration.In times that seem to offer little but scarcity and austerity, I wonder often what constitutes abundance. What do people in our world need to survive spiritually and ma … [Read more...]

I am enough (or Goddammit, I don’t want to sit my PhD comprehensive exam)

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Laura Paskell-Brown studies and teaches psychology in New York. She facilitates women's circles and is active in Women of Spirit and FaithHow many times have I opened a women’s magazine and read an article about how I should love my body just the way it is, only to flick the page over to another stick thin model with big boobs?  It’s such an obvious contradiction that I hardly notice anymore. It’s just another thing that we put under the title of “Crazy s**t we think is okay”.And how … [Read more...]

Writing from the heart: Divine Feminine – Called by Many Names


Ann Smith is the director of CircleConnections I know deep within my soul that to embrace the Divine Feminine is the way to save our planet. We know that to bring harmony to humanity the Divine Feminine must be illuminated, praised, loved, honored and prayed to along with the Divine Masculine. We know that by calling Her name including our own we are embodying the Divine; we become Her hands, feet and heart. We gain the courage and wisdom to be the change makers needed … [Read more...]