"According to the UN, over 50 million girls in India are missing: having been aborted, killed, or neglected to death simply because they are female. In some regions, no baby girl has survived in years. Help us make a difference.
"God, we pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to understand; and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right. May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and…"
Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Pema Chodron, Etty Hillesum, Teresa of Avila, Catholic Workers, especially the community at Jonah House, children, Leo Buscaglia, my family and my peers. The world is full of inspiring human beings!
My favorite spiritual places:
in the woods, in the mountains, by the water, anyplace I'm singing, dancing or with people...it sounds like just about anywhere the spirit moves me!
Interreligious causes I care about:
peace and reconciliation
Changes I am working toward in my community:
women's circles and mentoring, working with youth at nature camp, rape advocacy helpline
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God, we pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to understand; and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right.
May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred.
We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead men to commit injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.
Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny for which we and all men were created. Amen.
I opened my circle with a game in which the women shared a single experience from their past which positively shaped their faith and spiritual beliefs. After relaying their experience, they had to acknowledge and "include" the experiences of the women who spoke before them in the circle. All of the women commented on how rich it was not only to tell a part of their story to people who were deeply listening, but how exciting it was to make connections with some snippet from another's story.
I recently attended a workshop in which the final integration was facilitated by Laura Sims, a professional storyteller http://www.laurasimms.com/. It was an amazing experience. I would like to include an element of writing/rewriting our stories in upcoming circles.