What exactly is “sacred activism”, and why is it that so many women in the Gather the Women sisterhood are engaged in it? By one definition, sacred activism is “a philosophy supporting personal and spiritual growth and the pursuit of wholeness”. Scrolling down the GTW Facebook page today, I came across Beth Bondo Bontley’s post …
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OOPS! I put down the wrong location for the Gather the Women Annual Gathering! It is in Los Gatos, California. It’s been quite a while since I wrote my last blog for Gather the Women. I’ve always taken my responsibilities seriously so not writing the blog has been weighing on me. I know that no …
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I am so moved by the images of the children who are clinging to their parents (literally for dear life) as they flee the violence and persecution in their own countries. There is a hauntingly beautiful song by Kurt Bestor that the Juneau Pride Chorus performs. (I’ve been a member for many years.) Numerous YouTube …
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The Wheel of Life

March 24th, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

How balanced is your life? Are you feeling unspoken and unmet needs? My friend Darcy and I explored this in a GTW circle gathering several years ago. We used “The Wheel of LIfe” (attached) to help the women visualize their level of satisfaction in ten different categories. Each category has three lines for filling in …
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Into 2016 Newsletter

February 17th, 2016 | Posted by DeborahBee in Newsletters - (0 Comments)

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Empathy

February 15th, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

My heart breaks for the women and children fleeing war and oppression in the Middle East. What would I do if I had to walk miles, keeping my small children close so I don’t lose them? I see little ones clinging to their mother’s black abaya and struggling to keep up. If you’ve ever been …
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What is your circle’s purpose? Does it need a purpose? Yes, it does. Can you just want to get together, sit in a circle, and chat with your women friends? Of course you can, however, it’s best to find an empty table at a coffee shop or have lunch to catch up with your friends. …
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Today’s blog about Circle Practice is dedicated to “questions that matter” for Gather the Women. We (the Conveners) came up with these questions and comments after we met in August 2009 at the University of Washington in Seattle. I feel that they are still relevant and interesting questions today. Any one of the major topics …
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A simple bouquet of flowers or a bowl of fruit on a dining room table makes a world of difference, doesn’t it? It’s hard to define why, but it involves energy. The picture of the the colorful cards in the center is from a Gather the Women circle we held in Juneau for International Women’s …
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In my birth family, we are all extroverts except for my father. When we were young children, the emphasis at meal time was on cleaning our plate before we could leave the table. As I remember it, the conversations centered on keeping one’s elbows off the table, passing the peas or whatever, and not talking …
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