Mother Earth’s Round Calendar

MOTHER EARTH’S 2017 ROUND CALENDAR

HEALTHY PEOPLE, HEALTHY PLANET

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IT IS TIME TO LISTEN TO MOM

This wonderfully whimsical, mystical, magical, meaningful round calendar is the only one of its kind that connects you to nature.  The moon phases, art and messages from Mom teach how to be in harmony with our self, one another and all creation.  You can chart your moods and your energy.  Find out when to plant and when to harvest, when to dream,  start a new project and when to reflect and rest.  Each month has a theme to explore.  January is “Come together in circles, co-create healthy solutions to problems, listen, learn and act.  Come Together in Circle

Sr. Helena Marie, Ginny Doctor and I will post on FB Page messages from Mom with words of wisdom, songs for planting, health and gardening tips, Happiness messages from Rhonda Hull, caring for Mom and more.  Keep a daily journal with the moon phases and in sacred circle conversations with Mother Earth, Grandmother Moon and us.  January theme is Come together in circles, co-create healthy solutions.  January 1st is the New Moon, new beginnings.  What a perfect way to bring in 2017.

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Change is Here and It is Good

Gaia  CHANGE IS HERE AND IT IS GOOD

Oh my God!   I am so grateful to be alive and well to witness to the Democratic National Convention.  I am deep gratitude to have the privilege to be able to hear the speeches and stories of forgiveness, compassion, strength against all odds and a new vision of shared leadership that embraces our amazing diversity.  I am so grateful to witness of the breaking of the glass ceiling in the highest office of government in my country that now gives all people the opportunity to fulfill our dreams for a world of inclusive justice and peace for all creation.

I have worked all my life for women’s leadership receiving verbal abuse or seen as women’s work so therefore insignificant. And like Hillary staying steadfast to moving forward, never going back.  The song Keep On Moving Forward, sung by 50 thousand women and men at the opening of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, is now becoming a reality.  The dream for a better world for all people brought about by shared leadership, listening to one another with respect and working together in love is happening.  The witnessing to how stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary work for justice is becoming the model of the new leadership, where women’s voices no longer are seen as too strident but are heard as voices of strength, wisdom, courage, compassion, collaboration, cooperation, love and tenacity.

Now it is up to us, we the people, to support one another in making the dreams come true, where no child lives in poverty, no one lives in violence, no one is allowed to destroy Mother Earth, and equality of all is a reality. Now it is up to us to turn to one another and listen, especially to those from whom we have been divided, and to tell our stories and our dreams for a better world.  .

We are working on a new leadership program called Spiritual Leadership that is based on the values I heard at the DNC. It is built on the collective wisdom from around the world, incorporating best practices and the way of circle where everyone is equally valued and equally shares the information, resources, leadership, power, love.  I have traveled around the world and attended more than forty global conferences where I could listen and participate with grassroots women and men and high officials.  It is through these amazing experiences that I have known for a long time that there is a new Spirit rising for a better world.

This is what all who watched the DNC got to experience. At all the global conferences there was very little and in most cases no media coverage.  I would come home and tell others, but because they were not with us to experience the power of change for the common good, it, was not believed or lost in translation.  Now millions and maybe billions of people will know that change is a coming and it is good.

There is a spiritual awakening that unites us. Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No Saw it Coming history, is a fabulous book of hope by Paul Hawken that documents what I too have experienced.  It is spiritual leadership found in small groups and spiritual circles, and in every place where people from around the world work together as equals for justice and peace.  Because of the great media coverage at the DNC, now millions and maybe billions can witness that change is coming, and it is good.

I beg that all of us stop and truly listen to the inner voice of Spirit within each of us so we tap into our greatest potential for the good of all. Then turn to others and tell your stories and your dreams for a better world and listen to others.    Namaste!!!  Ann

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Up Close and Personal with Hillary

Up Close and Personal with Hillary

Hillary Rodham Clinton

So much has been said about Hillary, so as a feminist who has worked for the past fifty years with and for women’s empowerment and healing, I will tell of my close up and personal experiences with Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The first time I met her in person was in Washington DC at a Church Women United event. I was serving as staff for the National Episcopal Church, Director of Women in Mission and Ministry.  The audience was women of faith representing the many denominations who worked together through Church Women United and the National Council of Churches on behalf of women and girls.  Hillary talked to us about being a woman of faith, raised in the Methodist Church and her mother’s wisdom to listen to what God was calling her to be and do and then just do it.  She radiated enthusiasm and sincerity for her life in politics as First Lady.  She thanked us for coming to Washington and asked us to continue our work in advocating and serving women for the betterment of their families, communities and our nation.

Several of us who had key positions in our denominations attended a small governmental meeting in DC with staff from the Interagency Council on Women set up to provide systemic change. I am not good at dates so not sure if this was in preparation of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995 or after.  Staff for the Interagency Council and for the US Delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women were very supportive of our roles and asked us to make our voices heard by telling them what we wanted.  This was very different than how we were treated at the UN Third World Conference in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985.  We were ignored and shut out of acting as consultants to the US Delegation even though we had UN NGO Consultative Status.

The second time to be close up to Hillary was in 1995, in Huairou, outside of Beijing where the UN Fourth World NGO Forum was held. The space given to us by the Chinese Government was a secondary school, too small to accommodate the fifty thousand women attending.   The auditorium where Hillary spoke could only hold some of us on a first come basis, arriving early, waiting in the rain and singing songs.  When Hillary ended her speech by saying the Beijing Noon Day Prayer I was stunned.  The Prayer was written by me, Sr. Helena Marie of the Episcopal Church, Eileen King of World Day of Prayer and Florence Kelley of  Baha International.  Church Women United translated it into the UN official languages and made it into a postcard that became an official UN document accepted by the Chinese Government. I was not able to thank her or shake her hand but it was enough to have her with us in Huairou where she inspired us to greatness and to keep on keeping on. All fifty thousand women attending heard her say, women’s rights are human rights, that she first said to UN and Government Delegates in Beijing and then to us.  For the thousands who could not get into the auditorium hearing her speech outside in the rain over a loud speaker was incredibly thrilling.  All fifty thousand of us will never forget and will continue to work on having another UN Women’s Forum. She asked us to take the UN 12 Issues of the Platform for Action document and make it come alive for grassroots women everywhere.  Sr. Helena Marie, Lucy Germany, Nancy Grandfield and I took this seriously and wrote a book called WomenPrints: A detailed Plan of Action for the New Millennium, that gave the history of the world conferences and used stories from around the world to bring alive the 12 Issues.

Because of my position in the Episcopal Church, I served on the National Committee of Pay Equity and was invited to the White House by President Bill Clinton for Pay Equity Day. The invitation goes to a small group of dedicated people making the White House event close up and personal.   When Bill spoke out for pay equity and thanked us for our efforts, Hillary glowed with love and admiration.  She and Bill when standing side-by-side radiated love for one another and mutual respect, something that can’t be contrived.

The next year, the year of the Lewinsky affair, we again were invited to the White House to celebrate Pay Equity Day. Hillary’s light from within was not visible.  She was there in person but not the Hillary we have known.  You could see the terrible strain and disappointment in her eyes and body language.  It was sad to see.

The next time was in a New York crowd, the name of the event I can’t remember. What I do remember is that she was running for the New York US Senate.  Her enthusiasm and amazing intellect about New York political needs and her professionalism on how she responded to questions related to her qualifications were outstanding.  The light from within her was radiating out to each of us as she shook our hands and thanked us for coming.

As First Lady, US Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary has always put women first and has proven over and over to me that the global women’s dream for a feminist serving as president of the United States is truly possible. Imagine what we will accomplish.  Imagine how the progress to improve the status of women worldwide will accelerate.  Imagine having a 5th United Nations NGO Forum on Women building on all that we have accomplished, understanding all the barriers and working grassroots up and top down.  Imagine the potential to reach through Internet, radio and women’s circles millions and possibly billions of women, girls, youth and men and to connect them to a 5th UN World Conference on Women. www.5wcw.org

Now that she is our candidate for President we can dream big, and like Hillary, do the work to make it happen.

 

 

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Mother Earth’s Round Calendar

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Mother Earth’s Round Calendar 2017
Every Month is a theme with messages from Mother Earth, Mom, to help people of all ages to live in harmony with nature, ourselves and one another. 
Healthy People make for a Healthy Planet
This unique one-of-a-kind round calendar has the moon phases that connects us to Grandmother Moon’s wisdom that has been used for thousands of years for birth control, fishing, gardening and  teaches how to be in tune, body/mind/spirit,  with Earth and the Universe.   
We humans have lost our way and the Round Calendar with whimsical art, information, nature-connect exercises, poems, prayers and songs make up a meaningful guide for individuals, families, communities and organizations to live in harmony with all creation. 
Cheshire Cat says it is time to listen to Mom!
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Prayer for Everyday for All Creation

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Let us see one another through eyes enlightened by understanding and compassion.

Release us from judgment so we can receive the stories of our sisters and brothers with respect and attention.

Open our hearts to the cries of a suffering world and the healing melodies of peace and justice for all creation.

Empower us to be instruments of justice and equality everywhere.

 

German Translation  

Lasst uns einander mit Augensehen, die durch Verstaendnis und Mitgefuehl erleuchtet sind.

Erloese uns von Beurteilungen, damit wir die Geschichten unserer Schwestern und Bruedern mit Respekt und Aufmerksamkeit begegnen.

Öeffnet unsere Herzen fuer die Klagen einer leidenden Welt wie auch fuer die heilenden Melodien von Frieden und Gerechtigkeit fuer die ganze Schoepfung.

Gibt uns die Faehigkeit,  ein Werkzeug fuer Gerechtigkeit und Gleichberechtigung auf der ganzen Welt zu sein.

Chinese Translation

所有受造物作的每日禱告  讓我們通過互相間的瞭解和關愛而得蒙啟迪。  從論斷中釋放我們,使我們可以用尊重和關注的心來接納弟兄姊妹的故事。  打開我們的心扉,使我們可以感受到遭難世界的呼聲以及從平安和公義妙韻對受造物所帶來的醫治。  授權我們使我們到處能夠成為正義和平等的工具。

Arabic Translation

فلينظر كل منا إلى الآخر بعيون يضيئها التفهم والتراحم ..

ولنتخلص من الحكم على الآخرين حتي يمكن أن نستقبل ما يقصه علينا  إخواننا وأخواتنا بكل الاحترام والتقدير والانتباه ..

ندعو أن تسمع آذاننا صرخات المعاناة في العالم، وأن تسمع كذلك أنغام السلام والعدل لكل المخلوقات ..

ندعو أن نكون أدوات لنشر العدل والمساواة في كل مكان.

Swahili Translation

Tuwezeshe kuonana kwa macho yaliyojawa nuru ya ufahamu, na ukarimu.

Tufanye huru kutokana na nia ya Kushutumu wenzetu, tuweze kuwaskiza kwa heshima na makini.

Zifanye wazi nyoyo zetu, tufahamu fika vilio vya mateso duniani, tujue nyimbo za uponyaji, amani na haki kwa viumbe vyote. Tuwezeshe tuwe ala za haki na usawa duniani

Bulgarian Translation

Нека видим един друг с очи озарени от разбиране и съчувствие.

Освободи ни от преценка за да чуем разказите на нашите сестри и братя с уважение и внимание.

Отвори сърцата ни за виковете на страдащия свят и целебните мелодии за мир и справедливост за всичко сътворено.

Дай ни сила да бъдем инструменти на справедливост и равенство навред.

Spanish Translation

Permítenos vernos unos a los otros a través de ojos iluminados por el entendimiento y la compasión.

Libéranos de cualquier juicio en contra de otros para poder recibir las historias de nuestros hermanos y hermanas con respeto y atención.

Abre nuestros corazones a los lamentos del mundo que sufre y a las melodías sanadoras de paz y justicia para toda la creación.

Empodéranos para ser instrumentos de justicia e igualdad en todo lugar.

 

 

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GaiaPrayer for International Women’s Day

Monica Willard, UN representative for United Religions Initiative, BLOG:

I know that many URI Cooperation Circles do events throughout the year to promote women and girls. Thank you for all you are doing!

March 8 is International Women’s Day. You may be interested in watching the program described below that will show the observance at the United Nations. Know that you will be represented at this event by URI representatives.

Watch it live or at another time here. If you watch it later, you will find it under “Meetings and Events” and then go to March 8.

May URI members be linked in thought, prayers and actions to promote the dignity of women and girls on March 8.  I will be using The Prayer for Everyday for Creation on International Women’s Day as I think of the wonderful women in the URI network and all the men who support our efforts.  I invite all to join me!

This is a prayer was written by Ann Landaas Smith and was first used in Beijing at the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women.  Ann invites everyone to use and share this prayer.

Prayer for Everyday for All Creation

Let us see one another through eyes enlightened by understanding and compassion.

Release us from judgment so we can receive the stories of our sisters and brothers with respect and attention.

Open our hearts to the cries of a suffering world and the healing melodies of peace and justice for all creation.

Empower us to be instruments of justice and equality everywhere.

Written by Ann Landaas Smith

For the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing

 

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UNCSW Events

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United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Join us in New York, call a Circle, connect through Prayer

 

 

CSW, WEEK 1

Monday, March 14, 8:30 am, CCUN Bldg, 2nd floor
What will it take to END human trafficking? The role media plays and a rarely heard voice from the trafficker’s perspective
Sponsored by Pathways to Peace, The Fyera Foundation, Operation Big Sister, Stigamot, Amma’s Embracing the World, The Nest Foundation

Monday, March 14, 7-9 pm, Ritz Plaza, 235 W. 48th St, Apt 44C. Check in at reception.
Life in Pakistan for women and girls. Alice Garrick offers their stories and crafts. Sponsored by Women’s Development and Service Society, Church of Pakistan

Tuesday, March 15, 5:00 pm, CCUN Bldg, lower level
Silent meditation for world peace with justice
Sponsored by Women Rising Working Group of International Public Policy Institute, UN Chaplain’s Office

Wednesday, March 16, 4:30 pm, Salvation Army Auditorium, 221 E. 52nd St
Sustainable Development: The Power Tool for Women and Girls
Sponsored by Anglican Women’s Empowerment and Women’s Perspective

CSW, WEEK 2

Tuesday, March 22, 2:30 pm, CCUN Bldg, Boss Room
Dynamics of Human Trafficking: Catastrophe, Migration, Demand, and Restoration
Sponsored by the International Public Policy Institute, UNANIMA International, LifeWay Network, Sisters of Charity Federation

Thursday, March 24, 2:30 pm, Salvation Army Downstairs, 221 E. 52nd St
Imagine a world that celebrates the feminine
Sponsored by Gather the Women, Millionth Circle, Circle Connections, Canadian Voice for Peace, Women of Spirit and Faith, International Public Policy Institute

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IMAGINE

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IMAGINE

IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE THE FEMINE IS CELEBRATED

Join us for Imagine, Thursday, Mar. 24 at 2.30 at the Salvation Army, NYC, 221 E. 52nd St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave. 

Imagine a World that celebrates the Feminine will be a creative, fun and meaningful  workshop where participates experience extraordinary color and deep conversation and connection. 

Discussion will be in a circle where we explore the probing questions in a variety of co-creative formats about how the world would look if the Feminine were celebrated. 

This UN Commission on the Status of Women event is open to the public and free.  Please join us and tell others. 

www.celebratingthefeminine.com

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UN CSW 2016

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We are changing social and religious norms so that women are treated as equals and protected from violence.

UN CSW 2016  March 14-25

Women’s Empowerment is key for economic and environmental Sustainability.

Join us on FB Page  UN Women’s Circles

 

 

Have you noticed that at least some global events have been shifting toward greater cooperation and awareness (Parliament of the World’s Religions, United Nations Conference on Climate in Paris COP21 and the first-ever high-level panel on Women’s Economic Development)? http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2016/1/wee-high-level-panel-launch

We are consciously seeking to promote this possibility at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in March 2016, using to the fullest this growing field of changing global intentions.

Soon we will have a calendar of events for you to attend and promote to others.

We are a collective of women’s NGOs who are working together to bring Circle consciousness as a means for women’s empowerment and a safe place to be fully ourselves.

Please join us on FaceBook Page UN Women’s Circles.     Namaste!!!  Ann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feminine Power Rising

 

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“The entire human community and cosmic universe have a claim on the merit of our daily actions.”      Joan Chittister

This was the quote I pulled from Sandy Wilbur’s basket to meditate on while walking the labyrinth. Gather The Women Global Matrix held their Annual Gathering on the beautiful natural land of Day Spring Conference Center in Florida. A circle of planners from GTW of Southwest Florida hosted and facilitated the circle of sacred circles.  54 women from many countries and throughout the United States attended along with one young mom and baby from Liverpool, England, Deborah Zaher and Theo.

This quote would be daunting if we didn’t have a circle of support. Gather The Women is made up of thousands of women from many places in the world who are meeting in a sacred circle, a circle of loving support. It is in circle where we are healed and empowered to be the change we want to see happen in the world. It is in women’s sacred circles that the Divine Feminine lives within us all and Feminine Leadership is empowered. It is in Circle where individual and collective healing happens and new insights and daily actions that have a positive influence and impact on the entire human community and cosmic universe are birthed.

Tu Bears from the Choctaw Nation opened our Circle every morning with a Sacred Pipe Ceremony and lessons.  She said men’s leadership is from the head and women’s leadership from the heart.  Our world has been out of balance with male leadership and the time has come for feminine leadership to bring balance.  This is a prophecy from many Indigenous tribes. The severe crises of the world needs love for Mother Earth, for ourselves and for one another.  This is what will bring healing and justice for all creation.  It is love that we brought and it permeated our actions throughout the Annual Gathering and now beyond.   We took the Circle Principle of consensus to a deeper level by including all beings.  We held many healing sessions and ceremonies, meditations and Open Space offerings.  We danced, sang, played, dreamed and helped one another.  Every chair had a leader and we all learned and shared through deep listening and reverence for all creation.

Janet Weisberg brought us Nature Connect experiences that helped us to live into our theme of Awaken to Nature Within and in Everything, Everywhere.  We wore costumes of non-human beings and held a Council of Beings that was profound and fun.  We had a Fire Circle Ceremony to let go of the old and to bring dreams for a new world of peace and justice for all creation.  This was held by three young women; Brittany Crayden, Elena Roubicek and CiCi Santiago.   Young women will help lead the way to being the change we want to see happen in the world.   Suzan Nolan, GTW Convener, held a circle conversation about spiritual activism that is motivated by love and deep reverence for all.

Katharina Sebert and Patricia Queritet from Europe brought circle dances and a womb healing ceremony that was held on the shore of the Gulf, drawing into their midst an  otter, dolphins and a manatee.   Everyone fully participated throughout the time together and added to the Divine Feminine synergy of the whole surpassing our previous understandings and expectations.  Everyone loved and was loved.

I am only covering a small part of what took place over the time together that began Thursday evening and ended Nov. 1st, All Saints Days on Sunday.  Saints, mystics, prophets, teachers, learners, healers, artists, singers, dancers, spiritual activists all came together in our diversity as One.  It is through our daily actions individually and collectively that we will heal and restore the entire human community and cosmic universe.   Namaste!!!  Ann

 

 

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