Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tune in to Sacred Art of Listening


The Parliament of the World Religions Webinar Series
features Women of Spirit and Faith Co-Founder Kay Lindahl

The Sacred Art of Listening

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
10:00am U.S. Central Time
 

This webinar focuses on the power of sacred listening: the art of becoming a listening presence, someone who can truly hear what the other is saying. To become that presence takes practice, not only to listen to others, but also to listen to ourselves and to listen to God. Just as we take time to write, practice, and polish a speech in preparing to talk, there is value in learning how to practice preparing to listen. We will explore three types of practices in this webinar: cultivating silence, slowing down to reflect, and becoming present. The quality of our listening can make a profound difference in any conversation. It is a sacred art and a spiritual practice. As we open our hearts to deep, attentive listening, we find it transforms all our relationships, nurtures our inner voice, and inspires our spiritual growth.

REGISTER NOW AT https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/277134774

Kay Lindahl is a Certified Listening Professional and the founder of The Listening Center. She is recognized as an inspiring teacher and spiritual guide for people of all religious backgrounds and she conducts workshops and retreats around the world on the sacred art of listening for religious, spiritual, educational, health services, community, and business groups.

Kay is also a dedicated spokesperson for the interfaith movement and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Women of Spirit and Faith and The Immortal Chaplains Foundation. She is a past trustee for the Global Council of the United Religions Initiative, former chair of the North American Interfaith Network and an Ambassador for the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

UN Announces Plans for a 5th Global Conference on Women

This announcement was read today March 8 - International Women's Day -  at a press conference at the United Nations:

The President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and the Secretary-General of the United Nations H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon would like to jointly propose the convening of a Global Conference on Women by the United Nations in 2015, twenty years after the last women’s summit in Beijing.

Given that women compose the half of humanity and the inherent importance and relevance of women issues for the global progress, it is high time that such a world conference is convened, more so as the world is going through enormous changes in all fronts having both positive and other implications for women.

The President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General hope that the international community in general would welcome this joint initiative. They also hope that the Member-States who have the final authority to convene the proposed conference would take the necessary step in that regard during the on-going 66th session of the General Assembly.

They believe that high point that the UN reached with the establishment of UN-Women in 2011 can be meaningfully substantiated with a global programme focusing on women and articulated at the Fifth Conference.

The Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing which adopted in 1995 the current Forward-Looking Platform of Action was preceded by three such world conferences beginning in 1975 in Mexico City, in 1980 in Copenhagen and in 1985 in Nairobi, held in intervals of five years. The enthusiasm of civil society, particularly women’s organizations, for such a conference has added extra strength to the general support expected for the proposal.

The Assembly President and the Secretary-General believe that a world conference on women would do justice in looking closely not only at the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action but also at the emerging issues, in particular  those relating to women and political participation, UNSCR 1325 related  issues on women and peace & security, equal access to decent work and to decision-making, involvement of rural women and girls as well as aid effectiveness, food security, trafficking, drugs, migration, environment, climate change, information technology  which impact on women in various ways  at all levels. As a result, naturally these have implications for nations and societies as a whole. With their manifested complexities, all those areas need to be addressed in a holistic manner, benefitting from ever-widening potentials of global connectivity.

In all these, role and involvement of the young people, particularly women, would bring in an important dimension of intergenerational empowerment that did not get a deserving prominence in earlier conferences.

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Women of Spirit and Faith extends its gratitude to Jean Bolen for her decade of grassroots work to keep the spirit of a 5th Women's Conference alive at the UN. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

WSF at the UN

We gather in a few days in New York with a river of women at the 56th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Women of Spirit and Faith will co-host numerous workshops and events including:


Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership
CSW Parallel Event/ Workshop
Tuesday, February 28
8:30 am - 10 a.m.
Drew Room/ Lower Level
Church Center of the United Nations
777 First Avenue at 44th Street

“Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership” - Book Event
Featuring readings by authors from the book and circle dialogue
Tuesday, February 28
6: 30 pm
Quest Bookshop
240 E. 53rd Street

Sacred Women's Circle
Co-Hosted with Millionth Circle, Circle Connections, International Public Policy Institute, 5WCW and others
Wednesday. February 29
7-9 pm
Chapel/ 1st floor - Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Avenue

These events are all open to the public and free.

Along with 15 other women's organizations we also invite you to join in a
Global Call to Participate in Prayerful Silence
Sunday - February 26

On the eve of the opening of the 56th Session of the UN-Commission on the Status of Women, women of all spiritual traditions are invited to join in prayer and silence for the good of the world's women and girls - wherever they are and at any time that day.


Women of all spiritual traditions are invited to join in prayer and silence, to hold in their hearts the hopes of those who come to the CSW: for homes and a world without violence and fear, where there will be good food, air and water, education and medical care, for women's empowerment and gender equality,  for consciousness, voice and choice, for circles with a sacred center to support the wisdom and courage of women in them, and for there to be a UN 5th World Conference on Women.
Feel free to share this invitation with your communities and networks!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Global Call to Prayer - February 26 - On the Eve of UN-CSW

Women of Spirit and Faith joins with numerous other women's organizations to broadcast this invitation.

Sunday, February 26
Global Call to Participate in 5 Minutes of Prayerful Silence

On the eve of the opening of the 56th Session of the UN-Commission on the Status of Women, women of all spiritual traditions - wherever they are and at any time that day - are invited to join in prayer and silence for the good of the world's women and girls . Women of all spiritual traditions are invited to join in prayer and silence, to hold in their hearts the hopes of those who come to the CSW: for homes and a world without violence and fear, where there will be good food, air and water, education and medical care, for women’s empowerment and gender equality, for consciousness, voice and choice, for circles with a sacred center to support the wisdom and courage of women in them, and for there to be a UN 5th World Conference on Women.



Monday, January 16, 2012

Launch of WSF Canada

We are excited to announce the launch of WSF Canada.

Visit their new website

Those of you in the Vancouver area are invited
to join us for an exciting launch event

January 25, 2012
7 – 9 pm
Co-Hosted by InterSpiritual Centre of Vancouver Society
Unitarian Church
949 West 49th Avenue
Vancouver BC Canada V5Z 2T1
The event is FREE and no RSVP is required.

For more information about the event or WSF Canada, contact

Friday, January 6, 2012

Women of Spirit and Faith Gathering at UN Commission on the Status of Women


Women of Spirit and Faith will be gathering to participate in the 56th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York from February 27 - March 9, 2012. WSF women will attend UN-CSW as delegates and offer several events which are open to the public:

Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership
CSW Parallel Event/ Workshop
Tuesday, February 28
8:30 am - 10 a.m.
Drew Room/ Lower Level
Church Center of the United Nations
777 First Avenue at 44th Street

“Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership” - Book Event
Featuring readings by authors from the book and circle dialogue
Tuesday, February 28
6: 30 pm
Quest Bookshop
240 E. 53rd Street

Sacred Women's Circle
Co-Hosted with Millionth Circle, Circle Connections, International Public Policy Institute, 5WCW and others
Wednesday. February 29
7-9 pm
Chapel/ 1st floor - Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Avenue

In addition to the official session taking place within the UN, there are hundreds of workshops and events that are free and open to the public without UN or NGO credentials -- which makes this a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn from women who are doing important grassroots work on women's issues around the world. Many of these workshop take place in the Church Center across the street from the UN and a schedule of these "Parallel Events" will be posted online on the CSW website in January. http://www.ngocsw.org/ngo-csw-forum/ngo-parallel-events 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Exciting Bay Area Book Event - Jan 13

Mark your calendar and plan to join us at an exciting Bay-Area Book Event!
Featuring three of our beloved authors
from Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership

Jean Shinoda Bolen
Carol Lee Flinders
China Galland



January 13, 2012
7-9 pm

Book Passages
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

This event is FREE!
Bring your friends and join us
for an evening of deep connection and authentic conversation
at the intersection of faith and feminism,
women's spirituality and transformative leadership.