- April 21, 2017
- 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
- Namaste Hall | CIIS Main Campus | 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, California
Our panel of four women's spirituality scholars will attempt to redress the suppression of the divine feminine and its connection to women's oppression and environmental devastation. Women are half of the world's population, yet are disproportionately underrepresented in the world's religions and political institutions -- and this has had dire consequences for women, children, and our world. Women's contributions have been diminished or excised in sacred texts, which has lowered women's status throughout history. Feminine contributions and experiences must be reclaimed and restored so that women will be respected in their full humanity. We will explore the urgent need for women's spiritual leadership to both create inclusive social structures for all people, particularly the marginalized; and heal our poisoned planet. We believe that significant positive global transformation can occur through the leadership of women from diverse spiritual and religious traditions around the world. We represent a range of spiritual identities - including Hindu, Goddessian, Freethinking, and Religious Naturalist - each working to create community, cultural, and ecological change. Each panelist will offer her story as a thread to weave into a new, Earth-centric, collaborative, inclusive narrative, as we express our aspirations for a socially just, environmentally sustainable, and peaceful planet.
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About the Panel
Barbara C. Daughter, MA.
As an artist and a scholar, Barbara C. Daughter is exploring how combining intentional creativity with Goddess images can root women in ancient cultural wisdom from diverse cultures, as she encourages women's empowerment to transform themselves and their communities. Currently training to become an Intentional Creativity Coach, using the Color of WomanTM method, she intends to work with women individually and in groups to paint themselves anew. Her approach to the Numinous is varied, while always rooted in connection to our planet, Mother Earth.
Sridevi Ramanathan, PhD (Candidate)
Founder of Story Digs (www.storydigs.com), is devoted to empowering girls and women through relevant and revealing education that speaks to the mind and the soul. She holds a Master's in Teaching. She is pursuing a PhD in Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral studies with a concentration in Women's Spirituality. Sridevi is a dancer, writer, and artist. She is profiled in the book, Birthing God: Women's Experiences of the Divine.
Samantha Catalina Sinclair, MA, is a love and intimacy coach at Mapping Love (mappinglove.com) who is passionate about transforming relationships through partnership. A doctoral student in Women's Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies, she is currently researching the dynamics of love relationships within patriarchy. Samantha's spirituality is influenced by her Euro-American ancestry, nature, art, and activism. A religious naturalist and hiereia (sacred woman), she invokes the Divine Feminine through ritual to promote planetary healing.