Video: Valarie Kaur – a Divine vessel for spiritual activism

The second video in our four-part series follows Valarie Kaur, Sikh American woman, storyteller, and advocate for social change. She speaks of how her religion supports her deep belief in social justice, through its commitment to a fundamental oneness in the universe.Valarie is the founding director of Groundswell, a non-profit initiative that mobilizes people of faith in social action. Her award-winning film, "Divided We Fall" chronicles the voices of people swept up in hate violence after 9 … [Read more...]

Our book selected as one of the top ten religion/spirituality books for 2012!

Great news!Our book - Women Spirituality and Transformative Leadership - has been selected by the American Library Association as one of the top ten books for 2012 in the category of religion and spirituality. Congratulations to our editors Kathe Schaaf, Kay Lindahl, Dr Kathleen Hurty, and the Reverend Guo Cheen, as well as all thirty authors.    … [Read more...]

Video: Kathe Schaaf, sacred circles and the new leadership paradigm

To our beautiful readers,Here is the first video in our four-part series. It follows Kathe Schaaf, co-founder of Women of Spirit and Faith, board member of the Council of the Parliament of the World's Religions, mentor to dozens of women and inspiration to many more.Raised in the Lutheran church, Kathe now considers herself a woman of spirit. Her primary spiritual practice - the circle - allows her to honor the wisdom of the Earth as well as her own divine guidance.In this film Kathe … [Read more...]

Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Introducing the new WSF website

 Women of Spirit an Faith  exists to invite the many brilliant threads of feminine spiritual leadership into relationship and to support emerging patterns for transformation.Our Earth is in crisis and it seems that many are looking to women to heal the planet and to foster the flourishing of our human family. Before women can step into our full potential as leaders and guides in this moment:We must individually reconnect with our deepest wisdom and with our spiritual ro … [Read more...]

Spiritual Stepping Stones: A personal reflection of the Divine Feminine

Jassy Watson lives in Queensland Australia. She is a mother of four, a passionate organic gardener, an artist and a student of history and religion.How did I come to know the great mother, the goddess, divine feminine? Reflecting on this question has made me think very hard about when she actually became a presence in my life. I’ve always felt a connection to another presence or energy source and this feeling is intensified when I am outdoors in my natural environment; warmed by the Summer su … [Read more...]

Stepping Stones on the Path: A Moment of Prayer

Susan Naomi Bernstein is a writer and educator living in Queens, NY. Her blog is called: "Beyond the Basics" (for Bedford Bits)My first memory of transformative spiritual experience endures as a moment of a prayer. I was not more than five, or perhaps younger, and I was sitting in the synagogue among the elders. It was Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year. On this day, we are instructed to become supplicants and to appeal to the Divine Presence to inscribe us in t … [Read more...]

A spiritual stepping stone: Occupy the Heart – we are the 100%

Laura Paskell-Brown lives in Brooklyn, New York.  As well as working on a PhD in psychology, she is a Young Leader with Women of Spirit and Faith.I grew up in a socialist household. I was breastfed on Karl Marx, and I argued with kids in kindergarten that “a different world” was possible. For many years I defined myself through this.Yet, at the age of 30, struggling with addiction and the reality that even “a different Laura” didn’t seem possible, I just couldn’t keep up the faith. I … [Read more...]

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...]