August 18th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

  By Barbara Belknap During our last Regional Coordinator call, I was asked to write a blog about how I get inspired. My subconscious has been working on it, and one unexpected thought was that the word “spire” is in the middle of inspiration. Technically, the word spire is from the Old English word “spir” …
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By Barbara Belknap My heart is pulled towards the women in war ravaged countries around the world. Today, August 8, 2014, there are Yazidi women on Mount Sinjar in northeastern Iraq clutching their hungry and thirsty children close to them. Some mothers have watched their children die of thirst. The Yazidi are only the latest …
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The List

July 30th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

When the GTW Conveners worked with Jennifer Ball at their retreat, they birthed a list of values for themselves that would serve our families, our workplaces, our non-profits, and the world. Jennifer is a co-author of “Doing Democracy with Circles: Engaging Communities in Public Planning”, a consultant, and a member of Gather the Women Canada. …
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Indra’s Net Over Time

July 17th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

By Barbara Belknap “Suspended above the palace of Indra, the Buddhist god who symbolizes the natural forces that protect and nurture life, is an enormous net. A brilliant jewel is attached to each of the knots of the net. Each jewel contains and reflects the image of all the other jewels in the net, which …
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Oh, Canada!

July 12th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Circles | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

Before I found Gather the Women Global Matrix, I knew a grand total of three Canadians. All three of them lived in Port Angeles, Washington, when we were stationed there with the Coast Guard in the mid-1980′s. Gail and Lyle were from Victoria directly across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Port Angeles. Lea …
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Virtues, Strengths, and Values

July 4th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Inspiration - (0 Comments)

By Barbara Belknap Note: In my past blogs, I have felt that I needed to write about circles, women’s circles, circling circles – you get the idea. As a result, I have spent way too much time thinking about the blog as opposed to actually writing it. On June 26, I was in Heather Plett’s …
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Goddesses and Mortals

June 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

What if every boy and girl around the world learned about goddesses in their history classes? Would it make a difference in how women are regarded? Is teaching about the existence of goddesses too revolutionary? Would there be an uproar among religious leaders and PTAs? An entire ancient belief system has been “disappeared”. I never …
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“Is Gather the Women an Activist Organization?” That is the subject of a June 8th post on Gather the Women’s Facebook page, and it is beautifully written. I am 66 years old. My memories of American activism center on the Women’s Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power, the Americans with Disabilities Act. All of …
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New Circle in South Korea

June 2nd, 2014 | Posted by DeborahBee in Circles | Inspiration - (1 Comments)

By our Regional Coordinator Mary Ann Conlin in South Korea I started Gather the Women South Korea in January 2014, from scratch, with nothing except the support and experience of joining Gather the Women Canada at their annual gathering in 2013. All I knew is that the Power of Circle has the ability to shape …
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Circle Spotlight – San Diego, Southern California, USA   Ana Couch-Regional Coordinator for So Cal GTW I was introduced to Gather The Women a few years ago from Sharon G. Mijares  Ph.D. (who is now the Regional Coordinator for Gather The Women in Costa Rica).  I jumped at the opportunity to be the Southern California …
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