Thursday, March 3, 2011

March 5 events

I want to mention two upcoming events. The first event is sponsored by the 16th Annual Women's Spirituality Series and being held at the UUCiA at 6 Locke Street, Andover, on Saturday, March 5th from 7-10 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) --

"Women are Rising: Women's Sacred Dance Journey" led by Janet Farnsworth with live drumming provided by Laney Goodman. (This will be followed with a group Drum Jam facilitated by Laney Goodman.)

Description: "Our bodies hold our deepest wisdom. Yet for women that wisdom often becomes silenced, stilled, or compromised. We 'hold in our stomachs,' 'cross our legs,' and 'get smaller.' We find ourselves feeling separated from our truest Selves, our most vital knowing. During this dance journey, we will invite the voices of our bodies -- which call out to our whole Selves -- to re-emerge. Using dance as our medium, we will 're-member' and re-connect to the deep inner wisdom that flows through each of us.

"Whether it is the impulse to move a finger, or the drive to shake our bones, each woman's movement is honored as her own best guide for connecting to her most authentic and sacred Self. During this journey we will answer the glorious call of the ancient drum provided by Laney and banish shame, self-doubt, guilt, while we invite in love; we will arrive home to Body Wisdom.

"The dance journey is followed by a Drum Jam facilitated by Laney Goodman. Bring your drums and rhythm instruments if you have them, or, just bring your dancing shoes. Come and celebrate the sacred waves of rhythm that all women remember when we come together in sacred circle.

"Note: This is a women only event; dear brothers, please pass this information on to the women in your life. Thank you."

No preregistration required.  Please join us!  Click here for directions.

Above: Jane Addams, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Addams was a regular attender at a Unitarian church in Chicago.

The second event is an event that I have been invited to participate in, in part because of my role as a member of the Smedley Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace. The event is also this Saturday, March 5th, from 1-3 p.m. at the State House steps in Boston (near the Park St. T station) --

Rally, Speakout and March for Women's Day

To honor the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day... An event organized by CodePink and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Description:  "Included are songs, chants and testimonials from women about how the war economy is working for them.  Special appearances by Raging Grannies, CODEPINK Pink Parasol Peace Brigarde.  March with bread, roses, pots, pans to Public Garden to form peace bridge, then surge to Copley Square."

According to their website, "CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities..... the CODEPINK Alert is a feisty call for women and men to 'wage peace.'"  And according to their website, "the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom was founded in 1915 during World War I, with Jane Addams as its first president. WILPF works to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all."

Come and be a part of it.  (I will be giving very brief remarks toward the beginning of the event.)