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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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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“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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“Gather the Women. Save the World.” Those simple phrases caught my attention many years ago and hold it still. On May 13th, Ann Smith, GTW Regional Coordinator, Millionth Circle Convener and Circle Connections founder in Naples, Florida, posted a link to a short YouTube video on the GTW Facebook page called “Women of the World …
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Timelines

November 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Circles | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

   Earlier this month, I signed up for Christina Baldwin’s “Spirituality & Practice: Restorying Your Life” online writing course. Lessons show up in my inbox with robust titles like, “From Victim to Victor” and “The Art of Restorying-Living What is Now”. Our first task was to write a timeline of our lives.    I attempted …
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By Barbara Belknap Just over three weeks ago, on September 22nd, women hugged each other in a jumbled field of suitcases, purses, and backpacks in the Zephyr Point conference center on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Then, a short three days later, we said our good-byes, again amidst our luggage, and prolonged the moment of …
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3R’s and 3W’s

September 3rd, 2013 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Circles | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

Do you have little scraps of paper in and around your desk or table? Are there scribbled notes in the margins of the meeting agenda? Early this morning, I was getting ready for our Gather the Women Conveners call and there was a hard copy of an email from Angie Lux, our Treasurer, on top …
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By Barbara Belknap Podium. Noun. A platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it. On a recent foray into hundreds of digital photos on our computer, I found several of me making speeches standing behind a podium or in front of a microphone. My hair was short in some …
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Sacred Activism

May 4th, 2013 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

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 …
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