Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power

Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power

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A dynamic conversation on the power of women's spiritual leadership and its emerging patterns of transformation.

"We invite you to come with curiosity into this living community of spiritual women, listening deeply as they share their personal stories of how their spiritual journeys have shaped and honed them as leaders.... We do not offer answers to all of the complex questions facing us as a human family, but we invite you to join us as we surrender to the mystery of being open, present and engaged together in these uncertain times."
—from the Introduction

This empowering resource engages women in an interactive exploration of the challenges and opportunities on the frontier of women's spiritual leadership.

Through the voices of North American women representing a matrix of diversity—ethnically, spiritually, religiously, generationally and geographically—women will be inspired to new expressions of their own personal leadership and called into powerful collaborative action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594733970
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Kathe Schaaf is co-founder and past president of Gather the Women Global Matrix. She currently anchors many collaborative conversations connecting women and women's organizations internationally.

Kathe Schaaf, Kay Lindahl, Kathleen S. Hurty, PhD, and Reverend Guo Cheen are co-founders of Women of Spirit and Faith.

Kay Lindahl, the founder of The Listening Center in Long Beach, California, is author of How Does God Listen?; Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening: A Guide to Enrich Your Relationships and Kindle Your Spiritual Life; and The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice. She is co-editor of Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power.

Kathleen S. Hurty, PhD, a teaching fellow in leadership studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, is a consultant for the Council for the Parliament of the World's Religions, an educator and a public speaker.

Kathe Schaaf, Kay Lindahl, Kathleen S. Hurty, PhD, and Reverend Guo Cheen are co-founders of Women of Spirit and Faith.

Reverend Guo Cheen, an ordained Buddhist nun and active in interfaith dialogue, is founder of the Compassion Network. All four are ambassadors for the Council for the Parliament of the World's Religions.

Kathe Schaaf, Kay Lindahl, Kathleen S. Hurty, PhD, and Reverend Guo Cheen are co-founders of Women of Spirit and Faith.

Table of Contents

A Blessing and an Invitation
Ann Marie Sayers and Rachelle Figueroa xi
Introduction 1
Exploration I:
How Do I Express Being an Empowered Woman of Spirit and Faith? 17
Becoming a Vessel of Peace
Lynda Terry 19
But I Thought You Knew the Way: Lessons in Leadership
Fredelle Brief 25
Living My Way into Answers
Courtney E. Martin 30
Seeing a World Where There Is No "Other"
Yoland Trevino 36
Faith in the Transitions of Not Knowing
Susan Quinn 40
Practicing Empowerment
Karen R. Boyett, MA 45

Living Our Leadership 50
Digging Deeper
God Our Father; God Our Mother: In Search of the Divine Feminine
Joan Chittister, OSB 60

Exploration II:
How Do My Spiritual Values Inform Me about Living with the Challenges and Blessings of Diversity?
Buddhism, Women, and Religious Diversity
Karma Lekshe Tsomo 77
Faith's Challenges: The One We Seek
Jamia Wilson 82
Living My Values
Diane Tillman 88
Where Grace Meets Power
Reverend Lorenza Andrade Smith 94
Best Friends Forever
Jan Booman Saeed 99
God Said: We Have Created You from a Single (Pair) of a Female and Male
Shareda Hosein 104
Remembrance, Witness, and Action: Fuel for the Journey
The Right Reverend Mary Douglas Glasspool 109

Living Our Leadership 115
Digging Deeper
Leading from a Whirlwind: Faith and Courage in a Swiftly Changing World
Valarie Kaur 124

Exploration III:
How Do We Stand for the Greatness of Each Other? 139

The Wind Is Blowing from the West and Has the Smell of the Sea
Adelia Sandoval 141
Mother-Lines of Body, Mind, and Spirit
Carol Lee Flinders, PhD 145
Birthing Awake the Dream
Alisa Starkweather 151
Kindness Empowers: A Mohawk Skywoman's Journey of Thanksgiving
Dawn T. Maracle, MEd, EdD (ABD) 156
In Order to Heal the World, We Have to Stand for Each Other's Greatness, but "First," the Grandmothers Told Her, "You Have to Heal the Wound between Women"
China Galland 162

Living Our Leadership 168
Digging Deeper
Where Do We Go from Here?
Nontombi Naomi Tutu 174

Exploration IV:
How Do We Catalyze Our Collective Transformational Power as Women of Spirit and Faith?
Living in God's Amazing Grace: The Power of Faith in Leadership
Musimbi Kanyoro, PhD 188
Creative Acts of Expression: Catalyzed in Circles
Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD 195
A Poetic Response: "The Catalyst"
Lisa Anderson 201
The Meta-Civics of Feminine Leadership
Dr. Barbara E. Fields 204
Thou Art Goddess: The Return of the Divine Feminine
Phyllis W. Curott, JD and HPs 211

Living Our Leadership 216
Reflecting on the Pattern 224
Written in My Bones
Kathe Schaaf 224
In Transition
Kay Lindahl 227
On Being Advocates, Activists, and Alchemists: Exploring Power on the Way Forward
Kathleen S. Hurty, PhD 230
Ever-Evolving Women of Spirit and Faith: Naming, Doing, and Be-ing
Reverend Guo Cheen 234
Transformative Leadership
Kathe Schaaf, Kay Lindahl, Kathleen S. Hurty, PhD, Reverend Guo Cheen 237
Engaging with Women of Spirit and Faith 240
The Young Leaders Council of WSF 241
The Mentoring Project 241
Local WSF Circles 242
Parliament of the World's Religions 2014 242
WSF in Canada 242

Closing Blessing
Rachelle Figueroa 243

Resources and Networks 244
Circle and Dialogue Resources 244
Environment/Ecology 245
Interfaith Organizations 246
Leadership and Partnership Organizations 248
Seminaries and Educational Organizations 249
Women’s Organizations 250
Women’s Organizations, Faith Based 253
Jewish Women’s Organizations 257
Muslim Women’s Organizations 258
Young Leaders 258

Acknowledgments 259
Notes 261
Selected Bibliography 264

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