Tuesday, November 2, 2010

An Invitation to Prayer

November 14-17, 2010
Thirty women spiritual leaders
from the United States and Canada
representing many spiritual traditions
will gather at the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center
in Rancho Palos Verdes, California
in retreat and deep dialogue.
We will explore together how women of spirit and faith
are being called to contribute
at this important moment in time.
What is it that wants to be birthed now?
What are the possibilities that can flow from our shared wisdom?
Women, Spirituality and Leadership:
A Collaborative Exploration

You are invited to hold us in prayer as we come together.

We welcome your individual prayers
and we also invite circles of women to connect in collective prayer.

We will open our retreat
at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, November 14
and close at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 17.
We will pause in a moment of silence
to connect with all of you
who are supporting our work in this important way.

We are grateful for your prayers and intentions.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Announcing a Special Gathering

Calling all women of spirit and faith!
~ Save the date ~

The Alchemy of Our Spiritual Leadership:

Women Redefining Power

April 28 – May 1, 2011
Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay

Opening Keynote Speaker: Sister Joan Chittister.
Voted “the most inspirational woman alive” in a recent survey!
This is NOT your typical women’s conference!
Imagine the energy of more than 300 women ready for inspiration, deep wisdom and potent co-creation.

Registration opens September 15, 2010

Please share this with your networks too!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Reflections of the Exploratory Conversations

Our final Exploratory Conversation unfolded last night exploring the question "What is waiting to be birthed in the community of women and spirit?" Our mailbox has been full of loving messages today from women who connected with this series of conversations.

Here are some of the reflections:

It was a great call last night. I am loving the powerful -- invisible (morphic field) leadership style of women as their innate wisdom and gifts emerge into form and become the new culture.
I loved being with you and all those wonderful women last night! Thank you … Looking forward to the time when we meet again! Whenever it might be!
I so much loved being a part of the first call.... I just wish to thank each of you for putting this together. I also want to be kept informed of any other works you all decide to create. Possibly one day our paths will meet again.

Friday, July 9, 2010

An Opportunity to Support Women Spiritual Leaders

Women, Spirituality and Leadership: A Collaborative Exploration  will bring together 25 women who embody spiritual leadership from diverse organizations and networks in North America November 14-17, 2010 for a retreat to map the current and emerging patterns of feminine spiritual leadership.

Several of the retreat participants need our help with scholarships to pay the cost of their travel expenses. Contributions would be deeply appreciated.

If you feel called to support this gathering, you can contribute by:

1) Sending a tax-deductible donation by check made out to GLOBAL FAMILY to:

Kathe Schaaf
27711 Deputy Circle
Laguna Hills, CA  92653


2) Consider donating airline miles from your frequent flyer program. 25,000 miles is all it takes to provide a  round-trip ticket. Contact katheschaaf@cox.net if you are able to offer this kind of support.

Thank you so much.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hear Recordings of Our Exploratory Conversations

We have hosted a series of conversations about
women, spirituality and leadership.

The recording of the July 15
Exploratory conversation
focused on the question
"What is waiting to be birthed in the community of women and spirit?"
is available at

The recording of the June 17
Exploratory Conversation
focused on the question
How might we animate women to claim their voices/roles as spiritual leaders?”
is available at


The recording of the May 20
conversation focused on the question
"What are the special contributions of women to spiritual leadership?"
 is available at


The recording of the April 15 conversation
focused on the question
"What does it mean to be a woman of faith and spirit?"
is available at

Fundraiser in Southern California July 8

Women, Spirituality and Leadership
A Fundraiser for
Women of Spirit and Faith

Thursday, July 8
7 – 9 p.m.

$25 at the door


27711 Deputy Circle
Laguna Hills, California 92653

Join us for a lovely summer evening at a beautiful estate home in Laguna Hills.
~Wine and cheese ~
~Sunset, Roses and Hummingbirds~
~Great conversation~

Featuring the art of local women artists Robin Wethe Altman and Charlotte Backman.

Proceeds from this event will provide scholarships for low-income women to attend the Women as Spiritual Leaders Retreat to be held in November 2010.

RSVP to your hosts:
Kay Lindahl        562-987-5496
Kathe Schaaf      katheschaaf@cox.net 

Directions can be sent by email upon request.
Make checks payable to ‘Global Family’, a 501.c.3 charitable organization.
Feel free to bring friends and pass this invitation along!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Women Spiritual Leaders Retreat Announced

We are delighted to announce that we are convening a retreat for women spiritual leaders November 14-17, 2010 at the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Palos Verdes California. This gathering will bring together 25-30 invited women leaders representing diverse spiritual organizations and perspectives from North America to build relationships, explore the current realities of women’s spiritual leadership and define future collaborative projects.

This retreat has been made possible with support from Kalliopeia Foundation and Mary and Joseph Retreat Center.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Join us for an Exploratory Conversation about Women, Spirituality and Leadership

As a woman of faith and spirit, you know something important about this moment in human history. You know it from your rich experiences in the world and you know it from a place of deep wisdom within. Your unique pattern of knowing is part of a larger pattern of feminine wisdom which may have the potential to powerfully animate the spiritual leadership of North American women in service of humanity.

We are excited about the possibilities that lie before us as women and deeply curious to learn more about the current pattern of women’s spiritual leadership in North America at this moment in time. As we attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions in December 2009 and in our explorations to date:
• We observed that while there are currently many initiatives focusing on women’s leadership, most do not put an emphasis on the spiritual needs and issues that are unique to women and that may indeed represent some of the most significant barriers to activating their authentic leadership.
• We observed that while there are currently many diverse initiatives and networks for spiritual women leaders, there exists in this moment a powerful opportunity to build a larger field of collaboration, passion and action by building bridges of understanding to connect these diverse networks in a web of spiritual presence.

You are invited to join us for a series of four ‘Exploratory Conversations’ hosted as conference calls from April through July 2010. Focusing on a series of questions, this inquiry will allow us to explore together the pattern of women’s spiritual leadership in North America.

April 15 ~ Thursday        5 - 6 p.m. Pacific/ 8 - 9 p.m. Eastern
What does it mean to be a woman of faith and spirit?

May 20 ~ Thursday       5 - 6 p.m. Pacific/ 8 -9 p.m. Eastern
What is the special contribution of women to spiritual leadership?

June 17 ~ Thursday       5 - 6 p.m. Pacific/ 8 – 9 p.m. Eastern

How might we animate women to claim their voices/roles as spiritual leaders?

July 15 ~ Thursday       5 - 6 p.m. Pacific/ 8 – 9 p.m. Eastern

What is waiting to be birthed in the community of women and spirit?

Simply RSVP to womenoffaithandspirit@gmail.com  by email and indicate your interest in any or all upcoming conversations. We will send you the conference call information once we hear from you.

We would be happy to answer any questions you might have and look forward to an exciting year of listening to the wisdom of the women of faith and spirit.

In gratitude,

Kathe Schaaf - Women’s Spirit Council
Kay Lindahl - The Listening Center
Guo Cheen -Compassionate Action Network
Kathleen Hurty - Consultant for Communities of Faith, Service and Learning

Project Details

Action Objectives 2010 - 2011:
~We will convene a series of gatherings to build relationships among women of diverse faith traditions and women who define themselves as 'spiritual' rather than religious; women from a feminist perspective and women who practice subtle spiritual activism; women who represent diverse cultural and ethnic perspectives; and women who represent a wide variety of spiritual and interfaith organizations.

Fall 2010 ~ A retreat by invitation only for 20-30 women spiritual leaders representing a variety of organizations from North America to build relationships, explore the current realities of women’s spiritual leadership and define future collaborative projects

2011~ A convocation of 200-300 women to activate personal and collective spiritual leadership on a larger scale

~We will practice and model a feminine way of doing things, creating a structure based upon shared leadership, collaborative practices, circle process, deep listening and holding the space for the emergence of divine guidance and collective vision.

~We will offer multiple opportunities to explore important questions about the current state of women’s spiritual leadership:
What is going on now?
Where are the natural partnerships and opportunities for collaboration?
How can we support each other?
What are the ways we can get and stay connected?

~We will share the proceedings and outcomes of these gatherings in publications and multimedia ensembles through a network of women's organizations. This will include:

• publication of a book of collected wisdom from diverse women leaders reflecting upon the current pattern of feminine spiritual leadership in North America.
• an online archive of video and audio interviews with diverse women leaders discussing the Sacred Feminine, feminine principles and women’s spiritual leadership
• an interactive website to serve as a hub for disseminating information and resources

~We will support the existing and emerging spiritual and interfaith women’s networks in the U.S. and Canada including:
North American Women of Faith Network
Women’s Interfaith Initiative
Women’s Spirit Council
United Religions Initiative
Parliament of the World’s Religions
and more
and we will seek to weave these various networks together into a more unified and cohesive community.

~We will build upon the momentum and relationships from the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions and utilize the various leadership structures of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (CPWR).

~We will utilize the venues and capabilities of the Internet interactive community (such as the Parliament of World Religions social network PeaceNext) as hubs for exchanging information, resources and ideas.

Leadership and Staffing
This project will be co-convened by four women bringing diverse organizational histories and affiliations. All four are Ambassadors to the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Kathe Schaaf is one of the original co-founders of Gather the Women Global Matrix and served as President and administrator of that collaborative global community for five years. She currently anchors numerous ‘collaborative conversations’ connecting women and women’s organizations internationally. Her collaborations have included several international Gather the Women Congresses, a series of trans-partisan dialogues for women in 2008 and Constellations of Hope in November 2008, which brought together representatives of 40 North American women's organizations. Kathe is also a founding member Women’s Spirit Council, an emerging network of women and women’s organizations supporting women’s spiritual leadership.

Reverend Guo Cheen is an ordained Buddhist nun in the Mahayana Chan tradition. She has taught meditation, Buddhist scriptures and teachings of the Buddha to a wide range of audiences and venues. She is active in interfaith dialogues and interspiritual movements, partnership with the Charter for Compassion, and the Compassionate Action Network in Seattle, Washington. She is also founding a multimedia network that shares and distributes inspiration, such as talks of and interviews with spiritual luminaries and compassionate beings. Reverend Guo Cheen has a Masters in Public Administration. Prior to becoming a nun, she worked as a civil rights policy analyst on a presidential task force in Washington DC.

Kay Lindahl is a Certified Listening Professional, designated by the International Listening Association. She is the founder of The Listening Center and is recognized as an inspiring teacher and spiritual guide to people of all religious backgrounds. An ordained interfaith minister, 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 the founder of The Alliance for Spiritual Community, which focuses on the dialogue process. She is a dedicated spokesperson for the interfaith movement and serves on the Board of Directors for the North American Interfaith Network and The Immortal Chaplains Foundation. She is a past trustee for the Global Council of the United Religions Initiative and a member in Forge Guild for Spiritual Leaders.

Kathleen S. Hurty, Ph.D., is a Teaching Fellow in leadership studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (a partner in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA). In addition, she is a consultant for the Council for the Parliament of World Religions. She does grant writing and research for non-profit faith-based organizations interested in collaborative approaches to justice and social change. Her previous experience includes public school teaching and administration, ecumenical administration (National Council of Churches and Church Women United) as well community leadership and service on a number of boards. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Dr. Hurty is a committed educator, a creative writer and a public speaker, having served as keynoter for numerous events. She is actively involved in Interreligious dialogue and advocacy. Her doctoral research on women school principals at the University of California, Berkeley, gave her insight into the basic elements of collaborative leadership.