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Women of Spirit and Faith - News and Opportunities -- February 2014

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http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=a364c4a0-f70e-41fb-90d... Hello wonderful women of wisdom and grace, The Core Circle of Women of Spirit and Faith met in retreat the weekend of February 1, welcoming The Year of the Horse together and celebrating the early spring energy of Imbolc. As always, we held space for Spirit at the center of our circle, inviting Her to inform and inspire our service. We came together with no agenda -- and left with a calendar full of new events, a list of new creative partners and hearts full of excitement about what 2014 will bring. Here is a glimpse at the activities and events in the coming months: UPCOMING EVENTS Remembering the Sacred Heart of Your Activism: An Evening of Prayer, Reflection and Inspiration Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:30 - 8:00 pm The Hospitality Space - Episcopal Church Center 815 2nd Avenue (between 43rd and 44th) New York, NY FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. Join us for an evening of prayers from many faith traditions and circle dialogue as women from around the world gather for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Co-Hosted with Women's Task Force at the Parliament of the World's Religions, Gather the Women Global Matrix, Millionth Circle, We Are Enough and others. RSVP required to womenofspiritandfaith@gmail.com Sacred Women's Circle - Southern California Saturday, June 7, 2014 10 am - 3 pm 27711 Deputy Circle Laguna Hills, CA 92653 FREE AND OPEN TO ALL . Bring a brown bag lunch. Mark your calendar! More details coming soon. Co-Convened with Gather the Women So Cal RSVP to katheschaaf@cox.net JOIN US IN PRAYER - MARCH 11 Even if you cannot be in New York for our prayer event at the UN Commission on the Status of Women on March 11, you can join us in prayer wherever you are. We invite you to light a candle and offer your own prayers on behalf of the women and girls of the world that day. You might even gather in circle with women from your community NEW PARTNERS AND CO-CREATORS Journey of the Heart Women of Spirit and Faith loves this beautiful blog which combines women, spirituality and poetry. Explore, enjoy ... and contribute your poetry. http://womenspiritualpoetry.blogspot.com/ Sojourners Campaign for Women and Girls We had a wonderful conversation recently with Kaitlin Hasseler, who shares our passion for women's spiritual leadership. She is working on the new Campaign for Women and Girls at Sojourners. Check out this bold and important platform affirming the equality, empowerment and value of women and girls in the Christian tradition - and all faiths. http://sojo.net/get-involved/campaigns/women-girls Join Sojourners' president Jim Wallis for a video discussion (Google Hangout) with Michelle A. Gonzalez-the author of our January 2014 Sojourners magazine cover story"Breaking the Habits of Machismo"-on Wednesday, February 12th, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. Together, Jim and Michelle will discuss what the Bible really says to encourage, affirm, and empower women and girls in their call to be leaders. Show your support of women and girls. RSVP today for this special Google Hangout. Shakti Rising You know how some conversations resonate with such energy and shared passion that it seems you have always known one another. This was our recent experience with Shannon Thompson, the founder of Skakti Rising. Shannon is a true visionary and a pioneer in creating feminine, organic community. (See the quote from their website in the side column.) www.shaktirising.org PAPERBACK EDITION OF OUR BOOK AVAILABLE SOON The paperback edition of Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power will be ready to ship by the end of February 2014. The book will be available for $18.99 from the publisher -- and even cheaper at Amazon. Here's a link to the book's webpage at Skylight Paths: http://www.skylightpaths.com/page/product/978-1-59473-548-6 This email was sent to by womenofspiritandfaith@gmail.com | Update Profile/Email Address | Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe™ | Privacy Policy. Women of Spirit and Faith | 27711 Deputy Circle | Laguna Hills | CA | 92653 www.WomenOfSpiritAndFaith.org Enjoy the book Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership Available from Amazon and SkyLight Paths. Paperback release February 24! Book cover SPECIAL PREVIEW! READ THE INTRODUCTION! Inspiring Videos Enjoy these inspiring videos created for WSF by Alison Fast with grants from Odyssey Networks. Kay Lindahl Ayesha Mattu Laura Paskell-Brown Valarie Kaur Courtney Martin Adelia Sandoval Kathe Schaaf and WSF Sharing Wisdom From the website of Shakti Rising. Our purpose for existence is simple: transformation as a way of life. Together, we sing the songs that call our spirits back- to remember and reclaim our true essence. This compels us to make a real difference in the world. We commit to and are inspired by our vision of global villages that integrate beauty, infinite possibilities, heart & spirit. Our way is to walk our talk, organically closing the gap between principle and practice. We do this by welcoming change, valuing friendships, taking risks, and creating lives with fun, passion and laughter. We practice presence, gratitude and forgiveness. We delight in relationships that are long term and mutually beneficial. We are woven together by what we value. authenticity, faith, courage, integrity, commitment and service. We believe in the power of our real life choices, knowing that mundane actions can have the most far-reaching implications. We are dedicated to sustainability and the pursuit of social and environmental change. Our lifestyle embraces the needs of the present and the legacy of the future.