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Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power 1st Edition

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"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

About the Author

Kathe Schaaf is co-founder and past president of Gather the Women Global Matrix. She currently anchors many collaborative conversations connecting women and women's organizations internationally.

Kathe Schaaf is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Now Is the Time: Women's Empowerment and Leadership
  • Grassroots for the Greater Good: A Glimpse at Global Women’s Leadership in Action
  • Making Local-Global Connections
  • Collaborative Leadership: A New Paradigm
  • Politics and Passions Colliding: Bridging the Divides
  • The Divine Feminine
  • Faith and Feminism for an Emerging Generation of Young Leaders

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Kay Lindahl, the founder of The Listening Center in Long Beach, California, is author of How Does God Listen?; Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening: A Guide to Enrich Your Relationships and Kindle Your Spiritual Life and The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice. She is coeditor of Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power (all SkyLight Paths).

Kay Lindahl is available to speak on the following topics:

  • The Sacred Art of Listening
  • The Power of Listening
  • The Transforming Nature of Listening
  • The Lost Art of Listening
  • Is Anybody Listening?
  • The Importance of Listening for Health Care Professionals

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Kathleen S. Hurty, PhD, a teaching fellow in leadership studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, is a consultant for the Council for the Parliament of the World's Religions, an educator and a public speaker.

Kathleen Hurty is available to speak on the following topics:

  • The Alchemy of Power and Grace
  • New Models of Leadership in Religious Contexts
  • Re-imagining Mary as an Ecumenical Symbol
  • Peace and the Power of Interreligious Understanding

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Reverend Guo Cheen, an ordained Buddhist nun and active in interfaith dialogue, is founder of the Compassion Network. All four are ambassadors for the Council for the Parliament of the World's Religions.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594733139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594733130
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 22.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I started reading last night, and your book brought me to tears. Here, on paper, written by bright, wise women, were words that affirmed my life experience and perspective. Here are people who view the world with the vision of hope and wholeness as I do, who don't think I'm crazy and don't push me to the margins. Thank you so very much. Your book will help to transform me, other women, and I hope, our whole culture. I'd like to buy a gross of these books to give to so many women out there I know in so many places who need to be affirmed and empowered by your message. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Interesting book with lots of good interviews and ideas. If the book's topic appeals to you, I would suggest that you get a copy. However, you should know that this book comes out of a group of national and international women who are religious leaders from many faiths who are trying to build bridges. They try to explain in this book how women can create similar circles of inter-faith groups. They make it sound easy and I think it is a lot harder to do than it's presented here. The idea is noble, but I am not sure if some Protestant groups (Lutheran church-Missouri Synod maybe is one) for instance, are even allowed to publicly pray in groups of people who are not of the same faith. Maybe just dialogue is all that can be done.
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I cannot tell you how impressed I was with this collection of essays. I purchased several copies to give to my women friends, especially those in the mid-stage of their lives. It offers humorous as well as heart-breaking stories of women's strenth and empowerment found, of course, in the lives of every woman. Please give it a read. It's worth it!
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I bought this book after going to a book signing circle conversation led by Kathe Schaaf. She is wise, authentic, and generous. Her presence is incredibly grounding, loving, and calming. Women's leadership seems to be a growing buzz word, with many wishing to profit jumping on the bandwagon to hang their shingle. This book, and its authors are the REAL DEAL, grassroots women sharing their hard-won insights, learnings and visions in order to help other women settle more confidently into themselves as leaders and truth tellers in a world so parched for both. The ideas expressed are profoundly important ones, not just fluff, but rather truly world-changing ideas that when taken together lay a roadmap for humanity's destiny in abundance, wisdom, and grace. This book has incredible depth, breadth, and reach, drawing from women with different religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The women's stories gently touch upon common threads and naturally lead us to the conclusion that we are much more alike than we are different. It feels as though each essayist is sitting in a circle of friends and telling her story from her heart, in her most authentic voice - raw, vulnerable, and sincere. We are longing to tell and hear these stories, we need these stories, and I found that when the book was done, I was wishing the storytelling could go on and on. As soon as I can, I plan to buy a copy for every woman I love. It has been long time since I've felt strongly enough about any book to do so.
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This book describes women's approach to communication and sharing in ways that heal, inspire and uplift their lives. It certainly has inspired this reader. Some friends and I created a women's circle based on this book. Hopefully many other women will be inspired to do so. Women's ways of sharing power through collaboration and respect for differences will move humanity toward equality for all beings.
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This book is a treasure for women of all ages!
As I savor each essay , moved and grateful for the women and their experiences and wisdom shared, I feel like I am holding a pot of gold!
To all the gold diggers and hydrofrackers out there who are destroying the ancient land, water and cultures; you are looking in the wrong place!
Women ,Spirituality and Transformative Leadership is where its at!
This is a very real, down to earth compilation of inspiring stories!
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This book can easily serve as a leadership training tool. The chapters do not have to be read in sequence; topics of interest can be selected at will. Invaluable insights about circles / small groups are plentiful.

Jeanne Lea
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I was struck by the short chapter by Kathleen Hurty (pages 230 - 233) and its description of progressive leadership. Every trait described -- including the importance of relationships and inclusiveness, belief in the possibility of change, entrepreneurial spirit, and collaborative change -- come right out of media reports on Occupy Wall Street behaviors and events around the country. This book is prescient on an emerging new form of transformative power making a difference and gaining respect. It's historic. Congratulations to the authors and editors.
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