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Midwives of an Unnamed Future: Spirituality for Women in Times of Unprecedented Change [Hardcover]

By Mary Ruth Broz (Author), Barbara Flynn (Author) & Jean Clough (Photographer)
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Midwives of an Unnamed Future is a book for women who are passionate about exploring their role in shaping the "unnamed future." Using the image of the midwife, spiritual directors Mary Ruth Broz and Barbara Flynn have developed a series of reflections and rituals that can be used by individuals or groups of women coming together to deepen their own spirituality and uncover new life in age-old spiritual truths. Black-and-white photographs by noted photographer Jean Clough help capture the mystery and spirit of that quest. Although they come out of the Catholic/Christian tradition themselves, the authors promote openness to the insights and practices of many different spiritual traditions, including the labyrinth and the Cosmic Walk. They look to such traditional feminine activities as baking bread, spinning cloth, and quilting for spiritual enlightenment; and the they connect spirituality with wellness, pilgrimage, aging, and reverence for the Earth. Dividied into five major section, the sixteen chapters in Midwives of an Unnamed Future operate as mini-retreats into sacred space to explore different aspects of women's spirituality. Each chapter includes suggestions for creating an environment helpful to contemplation, a reflection on the particular theme, questions to connect the topic with lived experience, and closing readings or songs to conclude a session and bring readers back into daily life. At the end of each chapter are ways of using the material in a group setting.

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A book of rituals and reflections inviting readers to discover feminine spirituality as part of a larger circle of women who are midwifing one another through processes of change and transition in their lives?bringing forth a future that is not yet known?though word, song, symbol, reflection and journaling. It includes material for individual reflection as well as adaptations for group gatherings. Each chapter is designed as a reflective ritual that connects the reader with the themes being explored, using songs, poems and prayers, reflections, actions, symbols, and sacred space. Each theme includes questions that can be used for individual or group reflection to connect the theme to readers' personal experience and spiritual journey. The book also provides suggestions at the end of each chapter for tailoring the ritual to the specific needs of groups, as well as a guide to resources on feminine spirituality.

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Studio: ACTA Publications
Pages   206
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 8.56" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 2006
Publisher   ACTA Publications
ISBN  0879462930  
ISBN13  9780879462932  

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Midwives of an Unnamed Future  Jul 31, 2006
This thought-provoking book touches some of the deep realities experienced by contemporary lay women and women religious as they contemplate their rightful roles in Church and society. The combination of readings, reflective questions for individuals and groups, and ritual suggestions allow for integration of timeless "soul-truths."
Women's Spirituality: Reflections and Rituals   Mar 16, 2006
The authors are co-founders of Wellstreams, a center for women's spirituality that in its first 12 years hosted more than 400 circles of women eager to deepen their own spirituality and find kindred spirits, "as they contemplated the changes needed in our church and our world." Wellstreams participants, like potential readers of "Midwives," are diverse in age, career, family responsibilities, spiritual tradition, and their relationship to formal religion.

The fifteen chapters comprising the main body of "Midwives" are divided into five parts: Tending the Holy, Opening to Mystery, Knowing When to Push, Surrendering to the Seasons, and Welcoming the Watershed Moments. Each opens with a full-page black and white photo to set the tone. The text contains brief ideas for creating sacred space, a reading designed for "slowing down," lyrics to a song for "going deeper," and a reflection on the theme. To close, the authors suggest methods for honoring the experience, such as journaling; a simple ritual; and a prayer and song for "moving back into daily life."

Any one of the chapters could be used, as is, by an individual, small group, or larger gathering of those interested in women's spirituality.
The perfect retreat accompaniment!  Feb 11, 2006
This book provides simple rituals to help create a retreat space. Whether you're looking to "escape" for a personal retreat at home, or if you're attending a retreat with others, this book offers the framework for you to create a sacred space in easy-to-understand steps.
A great book for women on the edge  Jan 20, 2006
For women frustrated with institutional religion but desiring a a deeper, more spiritual life, this book could become your "portable pastor." Even if you haven't had any experience with "feminine spirituality," you'll find all the basics here: attention to finding the divine in the everyday, the need for a community of women, and spiritual messages that take into account care for the earth.

This is a beautiful book, with striking photography and classy layout of the prayers, rituals, and reflections. The prose essays by the two authors are meaty with information and inspiration. Each chapter stands alone as a mini-retreat. Try it for Lent, or read a chapter a day on the bus or train. Or better yet, call some girlfriends and invite them over for coffee, tea and some discussion of this book. You'll be glad you did.

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