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Feminine Authority

from https://parliamentofreligions.org

from https://parliamentofreligions.org

We may soon have the first woman President of the United States (one form of feminine authority), but women are also increasingly being empowered as spiritual leaders, as they “break the stained glass ceiling.”

A year has passed since the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions was held in Salt Lake City. There at the Inaugural Women’s Assembly, “women of diverse religious backgrounds gathered for the first time to command a shift for global transformation.”

“In the ongoing pursuit of dignity and human rights,” on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. PST a group of leaders will come together for a “Global Celebratory Call” on the Role of Compassion in Owing Our Feminine Authority. If you are interested in participating in the call, register here online. Speakers include:

  • Phyllis Curott – creator of the Inaugural Women’s Assembly, drafter of the Declaration for the Dignity and Human Rights of Women, adopted by the 2015 Parliament, and co-founder of SistrumSpirit, a groundbreaking advocacy project for the Divine Feminine.
  • Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell – chair of the Board of Trustees and the Global Compassion Council. She is an ordained minister with standing in two Christian denominations, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist Church.
  • Mallika Chopra – Founder & CEO of Intent.com, “My intent is to connect with others by sharing and listening to each other’s stories.” Maliki learned about the power of intention at a young age from her father, Deepak Chopra.
  • The Reverend Dr. Barbara Lewis King affectionately called “Dr. Barbara,” is the Founder-Spiritual Leader and CEO of the Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia. She began this nondenominational, ecumenical ministry in 1971 with twelve members in her living room. Since then the ministry has grown to more than 10,000 members and supporters around the world.
  • Grandmother Floredemayo –  a wise woman of the earth, Flordemayo has been a Curandera Espiritu, a healer of divine spirit, her entire life. And through her keen vision she is able to sense other realms of light, sound and color. As a seer, she is able to see the effects of existing imbalances on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels within a person’s energy system.
  • Marianne Williamson – an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Marianne has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose & Bill Maher. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers.

The call is made possible by the generosity of Karen Armstrong’s Charter For Compassion,  S.A.R.A.H., Million Mamas Movement, Hope in Life Foundation and Mindfulness for Mothers.


As I write this blog post the spotlight has been turned onto Donald Trump and the GOP‘s clearly misogynic views. Feminine authority is calling it like it is.

I am also now reading Gretta Vosper’s 2008 book With or Without God where she writes “Once ordained, women gained access to a power structure they had recognized from the outside as displaying many of the features of archaic institutions; they saw where it was hierarchical, self-preserving, bigoted, chauvinist, and dulled by successive generations of leaders whose circumcised intellect prevented them from exploring beyond their own reiterated dogma and canonical laws.”

Currently Vosper writes on her blog “only… 35.6% of clergy [in the United Church of Canada]… honestly profess belief in the Trinity, a god who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit at once. Two-thirds of active United Church clergy, 63.4%, almost twelve hundred of our eighteen hundred active clergy could be found to be unsuitable under the new theological test set by the General Secretary.”

I am thankful that feminine authority is not remaining quiet, while at the same time calling for love, compassion and justice.