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Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership


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Kathe Schaaf, Kay Lindahl, Kathleen S. Hurty and Reverend Guo Cheen are co-founders of Women of Spirit and Faith


"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

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