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Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership : Where Grace Meets Power - Reverend Guo Cheen

Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership

Where Grace Meets Power

By: Reverend Guo Cheen (Editor), Kathe Schaaf (Editor), Kay Lindahl (Editor), Kathleen S. Hurty (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2011
ISBN: 9781594733130
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

Lisa Anderson Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD Karen R. Boyett, MA Fredelle Brief Reverend Guo Cheen Joan Chittister, OSB Phyllis W. Curott, JD and HPs Dr. Barbara E. Fields Rachelle Figueroa Carol Lee Flinders, PhD China Galland The Right Reverend Mary Douglas Glasspool Shareda Hosein Kathleen S. Hurty, PhD Musimbi Kanyoro, PhD Valarie Kaur Kay Lindahl Dawn T. Maracle, MEd, EdD (ABD) Courtney E. Martin Susan Quinn Jan Booman Saeed Adelia Sandoval Ann Marie Sayers Kathe Schaaf Reverend Lorenza Andrade Smith ALisa Starkweather Lynda Terry Diane Tillman Yoland Trevino Karma Lekshe Tsomo Nontombi Naomi Tutu Jamia Wilson

Industry Reviews

"Showcases [women's spiritual leadership's] hallmarks: listening and collaboration. Use the provocative, creative suggestions as a practical guide for sharing the insights and extending the reach."
--Mary Hunt, co-founder/co-director, Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER); coeditor, New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views

"An essential tool, an exciting read and a gift on the journey toward a transformed future."
--Dirk Ficca, executive director, Council for the Parliament of the World's Religions

"Full of wisdom and speaks the truth on difficult issues.... For people of all faiths--or no faith--it helps spark reflection on how true spirituality for our time can be re-shaped by empowering women."
--Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, editor, New Jewish Feminism: Probing the Past, Forging the Future

"Unique, timely and valuable.... Here is a testament to the power of the word, of women, and above all, of faith."
--Azza Karam, PhD, senior adviser, Culture, United Nations Population Fund

"A powerful plunge into the views, values and extraordinary endeavors by women on the leading edge of spirituality and leadership."
--Roshi Joan Halifax, founding abbot, Upaya Zen Center

"Thought and action provoking ... a resource for women of all walks of life who seek to use the wisdom and knowledge of women to create a culture of peace and well-being for all."
--Mary Wiberg, executive director, California Commission on the Status of Women

"A rallying cry for the twenty-first century, as it highlights the vision and activism of women bridging divides ... of faith, class, race and generation to bring real hope, healing and wholeness to our broken world. Women of deep faith and spiritual conviction everywhere owe it to themselves to read this compelling collection."
--The Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson, president, Auburn Theological Seminary

"Many religious institutions still hold to explicit glass ceilings that keep women from formal leadership. This obscures women's extraordinary spiritual roles, their potential to change what we mean by religion and spirituality, and what a spiritual lens can offer to the world's leading problems. Exploring vital and complex themes like communication and leadership with freshly defined terms, the editors and contributors look to a world governed by new conceptions of power and success. The personal spiritual journeys of a diverse group of women offer glimpses of the types of transformations that women spiritual and religious leaders might bring to society."
--Katherine Marshall, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University; executive director, World Faiths Development Dialogue

"We all long for inspiration and guidance. With enormous sensitivity, Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership gives us gems that are both joyous and poignant. Prepare to be uplifted and transformed!"
--Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College

"Call[s] us as women to the urgent task of developing a deep spiritual identity, not for our own good but to better equip us to be agents of transformation in a deeply divided world. Rejoice as you read this inspiring book and ready yourself for transformation."
--The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Department of Religion, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York; author, Living into Hope: A Call to Spiritual Action for Such a Time as This

"This carefully crafted collection of women's insights into leadership from a spiritual root goes a long way in connecting the concept of power with the concept of love. Such a linkage stimulates moral courage, encourages social justice and opens one to deeper, more authentic, spiritually grounded relationships."
--Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD, author, Faith & Feminism: A Holy Alliance; president, The Sister Fund

"An important book for this pivotal moment. Its collection of voices embody a non-denominational, invitational and inclusive approach to spirituality, while also addressing the nitty-gritty practicalities and challenges that leadership in this transformative time requires of us. It offers a systemic overview of a landscape we'd all be advised to visit, frequently--that of the intersection of diverse women (and men), reinventing leadership to address a pivotal moment of change in ourselves, our communities and the world, while staying connected to the mystery, or sacred, within and surrounding us all. It offers useful practices and perspectives for how we may cultivate ourselves to return to right relationship with ourselves, each other and the Earth."
--Nina Simons, co-founder/co-CEO, Bioneers

"If human civilization is to not only survive but thrive, it will be because of women: radical, gutsy, revolutionary women; women who don't simply become leaders, but who reinvent leadership; women who don't simply become clergy, but who reinvent religion and spirituality. We don't need women taking their place in a man's world--we need women to topple that world and lead us to a new and better one. The wisdom in Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership points us in the direction of a new world with a new heart and a new mind. This book gives me hope."
--Rabbi Rami Shapiro, translator/annotator, The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated and Explained

A Blessing and an Invitationp. xi
Introductionp. 1
How Do I Express Being an Empowered Woman of Spirit and Faith?p. 17
Becoming a Vessel of Peacep. 19
But I Thought You Knew the Way: Lessons in Leadershipp. 25
Living My Way into Answersp. 30
Reconciling the Blessings and Challenges of Diversity through Ancestral Spiritual Valuesp. 36
Faith in the Transitions of Not Knowingp. 40
Practicing Empowermentp. 45
Living Our Leadershipp. 50
Digging Deeper
God Our Father; God Our Mother: In Search of the Divine Femininep. 60
How Do My Spiritual Values Inform Me about Living with the Challenges and Blessings of Diversity?p. 73
Buddhism, Women, and Religious Diversityp. 77
Faith's Challenges: The One We Seekp. 82
Living My Valuesp. 88
Where Grace Meets Powerp. 94
Best Friends Foreverp. 99
God Said: We Have Created You from a Single (Pair) of a Female and Malep. 104
Remembrance, Witness, and Action: Fuel for the Journeyp. 109
Living Our Leadershipp. 115
Digging Deeper
Leading from a Whirlwind: Faith and Courage in a Swiftly Changing Worldp. 124
How Do We Stand for the Greatness of Each Other?p. 139
The Wind Is Blowing from the West and Has the Smell of the Seap. 141
Mother-Lines of Body, Mind, and Spiritp. 145
Birthing Awake the Dreamp. 151
Kindness Empowers: A Mohawk Skywoman's Journey of Thanksgivingp. 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"p. 162
Living Our Leadershipp. 168
Digging Deeper
Where Do We Go from Here?p. 174
How Do We Catalyze Our Collective Transformational Power as Women of Spirit and Faith?p. 185
Living in God's Amazing Grace: The Power of Faith in Leadershipp. 188
Creative Acts of Expression: Catalyzed in Circlesp. 195
A Poetic Response: "The Catalyst"p. 201
The Meta-Civics of Feminine Leadershipp. 204
Thou Art Goddess: The Return of the Divine Femininep. 211
Living Our Leadershipp. 216
Reflecting on the Patternp. 224
Written in My Bonesp. 224
In Transitionp. 227
On Being Advocates, Activists, and Alchemists: Exploring Power on the Way Forwardp. 230
Ever-Evolving Women of Spirit and Faith: Naming, Doing, and Be-ingp. 234
Transformative Leadershipp. 237
Engaging with Women of Spirit and Faithp. 240
The Young Leaders Council of WSFp. 241
The Mentoring Projectp. 241
Local WSF Circlesp. 242
Parliament of the World's Religions 2014p. 242
WSF in Canadap. 242
Closing Blessingp. 243
Resources and Networksp. 244
Circle and Dialogue Resourcesp. 244
Environment/Ecologyp. 245
Interfaith Organizationsp. 246
Leadership and Partnership Organizationsp. 248
Seminaries and Educational Organizationsp. 249
Women's Organizationsp. 250
Women's Organizations, Faith Basedp. 253
Jewish Women's Organizationsp. 257
Muslim Women's Organizationsp. 258
Young Leadersp. 258
Acknowledgmentsp. 259
Notesp. 261
Selected Bibliographyp. 264
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ISBN: 9781594733130
ISBN-10: 1594733139
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st October 2011
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52

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