After reading recent posts on our Gather the Women Facebook page this morning, I was looking for a term that would describe all the inspirational things our Gather the Women women do, and “sacred activism” rose to the top. I think that Andrew Harvey coined the phrase and he defines it this way: “Sacred activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants.”
I’ve saved this image from a We Moon calendar since 2008. It’s been propped up against the books on the top shelf of the cabinet in my office. The image and the poem resonate as strongly with me today as they did when I first saw it five years ago. There are women (and men) who are working tirelessly to improve the standard and quality of life for poor women around the world. As the poem says, “Hear them shout across the line, “Do your children have enough to eat?”
Gather the Women encourages and supports women in their passion to help and support other women. It can be finding their voice, giving them strength to keep moving forward, creating a safe space to share their hopes and fears, and providing encouragement. It is sacred. It is activism. It is a force to heal the planet.