HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL – March 9, 2017 – SHEROES & HEROES: ACTIVISTS
Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Assistant Director, Reiki Master, and Spiritual Healer Kali Meister
“Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.” ~ Starhawk
Starhawk is an American writer and activist. She is known as a theorist of feminist Neopaganism and ecofeminism. She is a columnist for Beliefnet.com and for On Faith, the Newsweek/Washington Post online forum on religion.
Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality. She is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement, and the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, now in development for film and television.
She believes the Earth is scared and that everyone and thing on this planet has a responsibility to care for the living systems that sustain us. Starhawk advocates combining social justice issues with a nature-based spirituality that begins with spending time in the natural world.
Her activism is deeply rooted in an anti-war philosophy, as she believes that war teaches one to see people culturally different than themselves as inhuman and dangerous. She has written extensively on activism, including advice for activist organizers, examinations of white privilege within radical communities, and calls for an intersectionality of fighting oppression that includes spirituality, eco-consciousness, and sexual and gender liberation.
Today’s Action: Look to your community. Who is suffering? Form a circle of love around them. Your action may be what pulls someone out from an incredibly low place.
Today’s Sharing: Share your stories of when you were held in a circle of love with us on the Holy Heretic on Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine.
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