Women’s Spirituality Group

Our Women’s Spirituality Group meets every other Wednesday morning at Sue Perry’s house. Over coffee, tea and breakfast goodies we discuss the latest book that we are reading. We understand that women’s spirituality differs from that of men and that the church, as a patriarchal institution, has not sufficiently addressed women’s spiritual needs. The books we have read have included topics such as women in leadership for spiritual transformation, the history of God and Goddess, women’s spirituality, the Gospel of Mary, chakras, and many others. Our intent is to be an empowering place for women to find their voice and themselves.

Currently we are discussing Crossing to Avalon: A Woman’s Midlife Quest for the Sacred Feminine by Jean Shinoda Bolen. As per the book jacket: “Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen’s extraordinary memoir celebrates the pilgrimage that heralded her spiritual awakening and leads readers down the path of self-discovery. Now more relevant than ever, Bolen’s account of her journey to Europe in search of the sacred feminine unveils the mythological significance of the midlife search for meaning and renewal.”

PREVIOUS BOOKS (in the order in which they were read):

“God’s Joyful Surprise”                                            by Sue Monk Kidd

“The Cup of Our Life”                                               by Joyce Rupp

“When the Heart Waits”                                          by Sue Monk Kidd

“The Dance of the Dissident Daughter”                by Sue Monk Kidd

“When God was a Woman”                                     by Merlin Stone (Winter 2007-2008)

“The Circle of Stones”                                                by Judith Duerk (Spring – Summer 2008)

“Hidden Women of the Gospels”                           by Kathy Coffey (Summer – Fall 2008)

“The Gospels of Mary”                                              by Marvin Meyer

“Proverbs of Ashes”                                                   by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker

“A Woman’s Journey to God”                                  by Joan Borysenko

“Open the Door”                                                         by Joyce Rupp

“I Will Not Die an Unlived Life”                             by Dawn Markova

“The Feminine Face of God”                                    by Sherry Anderson & Patricia Hopkins

“Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change”  Edited by Stephanie Marhon

“Goddesses in Everywoman”                                   by Jean Shinoda Bolen

“The Faith Club”                                                        by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner

“The Circle Continues”                                             by Judith Duerk

“Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership”    edited by Kathe Schaff, Kay Lindahl, Kathleen Hurty and Rev. Guo Cheen

“Women’s Spirituality: Power and Grace”           by Mary Faulkner

“Womanspirit Rising”                                              edited by Carol Christ & Judith Plaskow

“The Meaning of Mary Magdalene”                        by Cynthia Bourgeault

“This Will Be Remembered of Her”                        by Megan McKenna

“Daring Greatly”                                                         by Brene’ Brown

“The Gifts of Imperfection”                                      by Brene’ Brown

“The Magdalene Moment”                                        by Joanna Manning

“Between the Dark and the Daylight”                     by Joan Chittester

“Becoming Wise”                                                        by Krista Tippett

“Rising Strong”                                                           by Brene Brown

“Taking the Leap”                                                      by Pema Chodron

“The Grace in Aging”                                                 by Kathleen Singh

“Hallelujah, Anyway”                                                 by Anne Lamott

“Learning to Walk in the Dark”                               by Barbara Brown Taylor

“Love is Stronger than Death”                                 by Cynthia Bourgeoult

“Crossing to Avalon”                                                  by Jean Shinoda Bolen