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Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-Shape Our World by [Rev. Dr. Karen Tate, Karen Tate]

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In addition, our paths havecrossed at several public events centered around the role of the Goddess inhistory and in modern culture, where Karen's passion, knowledge, and empathymake her a popular public speaker. I cannot recommend her highly enough - KarenTate is a marvelous manifestation of what Joseph Campbell intends when headvises us to "Follow your bliss."
-  Stephen Gerringer, JosephCampbell Foundation
Karen's dedication andpassion for writing, teaching and hosting her long-running radio show, Voicesof the Sacred Feminine is evident in the quality of her books andinterviews.  I have been interviewed byKaren on several occasions and find her skill comparable to top journalists inthe field -- and I greatly enjoyed talking with her!
RianeEisler, scholar, author, visionary, activist, founder of The Center forPartnership Studies
Karen Tate has interviewd meseveral times on her show. I always enjoyed the experience and put it right upthere with the lively intellectual and political exchanges I've had on shows onNPR with hosts including Terry Gross and with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, whereI've been a frequent commentator. Karen brings consistent credible quality toher work right up there with the best.- 
Frank Schaeffer, NY Times best selling author of "Crazy ForGod"
For many years, Karen Tatehas been working to enlighten women and improve their lot.  All women should be forever grateful for herefforts. -
Barbara Walker, author,activist, Women Making Herstory Recipient/NOW
Karen Tate brings vastexperience and wisdom to her luminous program, Voices of the Scred Femine.  She is a superb interviewer and has the rareability to evoke the deeper knowings of her guests. She herself is a profoundspeaker for the emerging Sacred Feminine. -
Jean Houston, scholar, lecturer, author, philosopher
Karen Tate has been on asacred mission to bring female, "feminine" and Goddess-based energy into theworld.   Women are entering the clergyand reawakening buried, ancient, and pagan longings for the Sacred Feminine andKaren Tate's work embodies this radiant journey. She was an excellent andsoulful interviewer and is capable of educating and bringing pleasure to alarge number of listeners and followers. -
Dr. Phyllis Chesler, author ofWomen and Madness, Woman's Inhumanity to Woman, and Co-Founder of the Assn. forWomen in Psychology and the National Women's Health Network.
Karen Tate has a long trackrecord of intelligent, thoughtful writing, speaking and interviewing on issuesinvolving women and spirit.  She iswidely respected in her community. -
Starhawk,author, activist, recipient of 100 Most Influential Living People award
Articulate, well informed,and highly credible, Karen Tate can hold her own with the best journalists inthe business.   Her authenticity, passionand ability to delve into delicate or controversial subjects have earned herthe respect of her colleagues, readers and listeners.
Rev.Patrick McCollum, Executive Director, Children of the Earth UN NGO
Karen Tate is a veryknowledgeable interviewer, and she does her homework. She knew my work andasked intelligent questions. She is a very generous host and gave me lots oftime to discuss my research and views on The Goddess. -
Cristina Biaggi, PhD, author, activist, artist

MORE......WHAT LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY ARE SAYING ABOUT VOICES OF THE SACRED FEMININE AND KAREN TATE...I can recommend Ms. Tate as alecturer for a multitude of topics from religious studies to globaltravel.  She is personable and extremelyknowledgeable in a variety of international topics and locations.  I would gladly welcome her again to myclassroom.  -
Prof. Maria Teresa Fiumerodo, Anthropology, Ventura College
Karen Tate is a uniquecombination of scholar and travel guide...a combination that is highly needed...yetrare.  When Karen presented her work atCIIS her audience was the challenging one of doctoral students in Women'sSpirituality.  She was received verywell.  Not only was her scholarshipexcellent, she conveyed with enthusiasm and awareness of the responsibilitiesof tourism, the significance of democratizing academic knowledge in a worldthat is in dire need if wisdom.  -
Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, Ph.D. Professor ofPhilosophy and Religion, CIIS, SFO
Karen Tate's visualpresentation was remarkable.  Her talkwas engaging, and her research and scholarship were impressive. She fieldedquestions of all manner from the audience with skill. -
Dr. Anne Key
Karen Tate is a well-knownlecturer and presenter on the local speaking circuit.  Tate's knowledge, coupled with her passionfor her subjects make her a valuable speaker and powerful advocate for equityand justice in the world today.  Bybringing us the Divine Feminine of our past, she helps point us toward a betterfuture.  
 - Rayna Hamre,OCUUC Chair, Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church
Karen's qualities captivateall of her audience (professional, lay person and academic) with narrative,slides and lively dialogue with guests.Furthermore, she is one of the most responsible people to her researchand professionalism that I have ever known.I highly recommend her for any speaking engagement.
JayneDeMente, MA WSE, Founder & Director, Women's Heritage Project
Tate's presentation was quiteremarkable.  That you could cover so muchhistorical and religious ground in the time you had for the presentation.  We learned much and appreciated your clarityand insights.
KennethMcClain, Sepulveda Unitarian-Universalist Society
It is with great pleasurethat I write to recommend Karen Tate as a speaker.  Ms. Tate's talk at Palomar UnitarianUniversalist Fellowship on "Rebirthing Goddess On Planet Earth: Is She Hope forthe Future?" was very well received.  Ms.Tate was well prepared, of course, with visual aids and a fine talk, but shealso brought a quality of presence, knowledge, and enthusiasm that elevated theexperience to one of high engagement for those present.
Rev.Dr. Beth A. Johnson, Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Karen Tate is a treasuretrove of "Herstory", knowledge and wisdom which she has acquired from herexhaustive research and extensive travels.It was an honor and privilege to host her and share in the richrevelations she has to offer.  She isprofessional, approachable and gracious, and she is a delightful woman to workwith. 
AmyPeck, M.A., Director & Founder of The Goddess Studio

It is my great pleasure tomost heartily recommend Rev. Karen Tate as a most talented speaker, organizer,presenter, researcher and writer in the areas of women's and goddessspirituality, history, mythology, ceremony and travel.  As a Founder and Director of the Temple and abusinesswoman of three decades here in Orange County, I am pleased andprivileged to count Rev. Karen Tate as a valued colleague and tremendous assetto the international spiritual community. - Rev. Ava Park, Director & Founder, The Goddess Temple of OrangeCounty
The presentation "SacredPlaces of female Divinities" was of high quality and well received by anenthusiastic audience.  It was bothinformative and well orchestrated from its commencement to its conclusion.  I plan to have Ms. Tate here again as soon aspossible! -
Robert Bonnell, President,Long Beach Theosophical Society
Karen Tate has stepped outfrom being an authoress addressing Goddess community issues into being anilluminator of women's global awareness, empowerment and critical thinkingthrough her classes, seminars and her extensive interviews and discussions witha wide variety today's great minds, healers and spiritual explorers.
- Melody Friend, Author, Motivational Speaker,Proprietress
Karen Tate is one of the mostprolific writers, bloggers, podcasters and speakers in the Goddessphere. Hertireless devotion to bring Goddess into mass consciousness and pop culture hasbeen an inspiration to women of all generations.  More than just a talented and thoroughscholar of Goddess Spirituality, Karen brings the concepts out of the classroomand into the real world of politics, ecology, business and travel. Shepresented her work at 3 Gaia Festivals from 2007-2010 and always made a lastingand positive impression on the attendees.

- Kris Oster, Ph.D., Co-Founder GaiaFestival and Mythic Rhythm

This is a huge collection ofessays and interviews exploring the role of the sacred feminine. There's agreat diversity of voices, opinions, ideas and energy - and in this it is anincredibly rich assemblage. The odds are you won't agree perfectly witheverything, but learning about how to roll with that is one of the joys ofbecoming less competitive-patriarchal in the first place. Without hierarchy andthe desire for power over other people, we have a lot more room to be ok with difference.

I found a great deal to chew on,and a lot of authors I hope to read further, and a lot of subjects I just donot know enough about (yet) so if issues of feminism in relation to Paganismand spirituality are not familiar territory, if you don't know where to startin terms of considering why we might need Goddess, and what the absence ofGoddess does to a culture, this is a fantastic jumping off point.
The scale here is almostoverwhelming, but it doesn't do a person any harm to be overwhelmed once in awhile. 
-- NIMUE BROWN, Author on Paganism & Druidry

  "Voices of the Sacred Feminine" isan excellent collection of articles, written by numerous luminaries, New Ageministers and scholars of both genders, interspersed with dialogues excerptedfrom interviews conducted on "Voices of the Sacred Feminine Radio," a show
hosted by Rev. Dr. Karen Tate,the editor of this volume. The articles vary in focus from topics such asGoddesses (Kali-Ma, Sekhmet, Persephone, and the Virgin Mary), to femininespirituality as an antidote to terrorism, to women in politics, women inpositions of
power, and the mysteries ofmenstruation and the female orgasm. I especially appreciated the article whichpoints out the misogynistic tendencies of the Republican Party! And it was hardto miss the poignant irony inherent in the piece by a former Catholic priest,who was defrocked by the Church for advocating women in the priesthood! Yes, inso many ways, this world of ours is still in the Dark Ages, isn't it.

I alsoloved the book's opening quote, a gem from Arundhati Roy:  "Another world is not only possible, she is onher way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." The focus throughout thebook is on discovering, defining and strengthening the Divine Feminine in ourindividual and planetary consciousness, so that we may blossom the world into equality, compassion,love and spiritual wisdom. Many contributors point out the problems created bythe global patriarchic culture: wars, staggering wealth inequality, racism,violence, greed, and the destruction of our planet's ecosystems. This book istherefore an urgent, many-voiced call for planetary healing, through theresurgence of all that is female, holistic, balanced and nurturing - and abeacon to help each of us to find our innate spiritual power, the God/Goddess within, our own"Sacred Roar."

The book's first article features a quote from Amma, thespiritual leader and outstanding humanitarian with whom I have spent manyyears: "Women are the power and the very foundation of our existence in theworld. When women lose touch with their real selves, the harmony of the worldceases to exist, and destruction sets in. It is therefore crucial that womeneverywhere make every effort to rediscover their fundamental nature, for only then can wesave this world." Karen Tate has given us a message of hope in a world on thebrink of despair, reminding us that we all can and must use our focused energyto bring in a new era of equality, harmony and peace on Earth. And it is up tous to make it happen. As she affirms in thebook's Conclusion, "As we will it, so it shall be." Thank you, Karen Tate!
~Ram Das Batchelder, author of"Rising in Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride
to Here and Now, with Amma, theHugging Saint"

Mythology drives culture and hence politics and the economy, so in order to change politics and economics,we have to change the mythology. That is exactly what Karen Tate has been doing for nearly a decade now with her radio show Voices of the Sacred Feminine. Her new book, also titled Voices of the Sacred Feminine, is an anthology that collects many powerful thoughts about Goddess spirituality as a tool for implementing that change on a personal, community and world level. Some of the pieces are essays written for this collection and some are transcripts of interviews from the radio show; all offer valuable insights into ways we can shift the current paradigm toward a more balanced, compassionate one.
 Voices of the Sacred Feminine is not a polemic- though of course, people steeped in the limited monotheistic patriarchal worldview may view it as such - but an encouragement to move forward, evolve,and heal, both within ourselves and in our communities at large. The wide variety of women and, yes, men who contributed their thoughts to this collection provide us with a window into Goddess spirituality in its great diversity as well as its underlying unity. In these pages you will find righteous anger,certainly, but also compassion, inclusion, and the stubborn fearlessness that has allowed women to survive and even occasionally thrive throughout the centuries of male domination. It is these qualities that drive us forward as we work to change the world.
 The book is divided into several sections based on several overarching topics. The first section, which addresses the existence of the Sacred Feminine and its (Her) manifestation in the world,gives us glimpses into divine forces from Mary Magdalene to Lady Liberty. These essays and interviews remind us that the Goddess is always relevant in everyday and time and that to leave Her out is to risk dangerous imbalance, as we have seen for so long in worldwide society. The second section offers a variety of journeys into healing through opening ourselves to the Goddess in Her many guises. Whether it's a formal ritual, a meditative reading, or a thought-provoking essay about why the Goddess should be important to men, each piece suggests a way toward the healing that is necessary if we are to put ourselves, and our world, back together again. The third section focuses on the values and paradigms that Goddess spirituality offers to the realms of politics and business. How wonderful it would be if the cooperative, egalitarian spirit of the Sacred Feminine infected our governments and companies! But that won't happen on its own; we have to work for it. And the fifth section shows use xactly how we can achieve that goal. Sacred activism is a concept that can help us bridge the gap between personal spirituality and doing good in the world.
 The Goddess lives in all of us and She empowers us to speak out against the current, damaging paradigm. But instead of just complaining, we must offer a replacement, a new model. Voices of the Sacred Feminine addresses exactly this issue, this need to find a better way and to take action to implement it in the world. As Ms. Tate so perceptively comments, we must take on the taboo subjects of sex, religion, power and politics if we are to change them, and with the Goddess at our side, I believe we will ultimately succeed.
-----  Laura Perry, Artist and Author on Paganism and Modern Minoan Paganism --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Sex, religion, power, andpolitics.  In the Bible Belt, thesouthern and most conservative part of the United States, those were all thetopics I was taught nice girls did not talk about, especially at the dinnertable.  These were the topics ofdiscussion for men.  It was more sociallyacceptable women keep their interests geared toward recipes, having babies andkeeping the house clean.  I can still seethat dreaded list of chores Mother put on the refrigerator every week.
My parents lamented not beingable to afford to keep me in Catholic school, so off I went to public school,and gradually I managed to stop going to Sunday School.   Just as well, because the Irish priest whotaught the class didn't much like my questions.Books on ancient cultures and far-away places, especially Egypt, filledthe waking hours of my early years, but no one I knew shared thisinterest.  No one I knew shared my questionseither, and I instinctively knew not to discuss these things.  Eventually I forgot the questions- at leastfor a time.

Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to ReShape Our World reflects my reawakening to those questions - and the answers I got from some of the most noted spiritual and academic leaders of our time readers can find in this anthology, the first in the "Manifesting a New Normal" trilogy.  
My seeking didn't stop here however.  I went on to write three books, curate three anthologies, host Voices of the Sacred Feminine Radio on Blog Talk for more than a decade, as well as lead tour to sacred sites.  I began connecting the dots between sacred feminine liberation thealogy and caring economics, politics, feminism and saving the planet.  It's been a lifelong journey and I invite you along, taking comfortable bites of this re-awakening as you will.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Rev. Dr. Karen Tate is a six-times published author, speaker, workshop presenter, sacred tour leader and social justice activist. She's been named one of the 13 Most Influential Women in Goddess Spirituality and a Wisdom Keeper of the Women's Spirituality Movement. She can be seen in the film, Femme: Women Healing the World produced by Wonderland Entertainment. Karen is the host of the long-running internet radio show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine on Blog Talk. Her books include: Goddess Calling: Inspirational Messages of Sacred Feminine Liberation Thealogy, Walking An Ancient Path: Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth, Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to ReShape Our World, Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations, Goddess 2.0; Advancing a New Path Forward and the newest, Awaken the Feminine; Dismantling Domination to Restore Balance on Mother Earth. Karen is a Certified Caring Economy Conversation Leader and Power of Partnership Practitioner from the Center for Partnership Studies. She's also received a certification in Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World from Smith College.

Karen is often called upon to give talks to media, public and private groups, such as the Council for the Parliament of World Religions, American Academy of Religion and Joseph Campbell RoundTables. If you have questions, would like an interview, book a talk or you'd like to be added to Karen's newsletter, Dancing at the Edges with Karen Tate, please contact the author at

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