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By Susan Osborn

Iím making my shoulders strong
For the young to stand upon,

Stepping lightly on the backs of those
Who hold me up.

Itís a chain of life unending,
Ever new and ever bending.

Grateful is the heart
For the chance to be alive.

I see where I am now
At the table of the harvest.

Before me went the plow
And the trees that grew to forest.

Thereís a chain of life behind me
From here to the horizon,

Each generation rising
From the one that went before.

I hear the young ones coming,
Hearts open and hopeful.

Their dreams will be unfolding ,
On the ground we leave behind us.

Take the best of what youíre given,
Make a joyous dance to living,

And somewhere in the spinning,
You, too, will sing this song.

 

 

 

 

Articles

Why We Have
a Women’s Culture

Hollis Guill Ryan

The Crone Archetype

Valuing a Culture
 of Women
Colette Hoff

How to Form a Women's Culture
Colette Hoff

 

Women's Cultural Program

The women’s cultural program encourages and supports self-development; helps us, as women of all ages, reach a greater connection with our inner source of feminine strength; celebrates who we are as women; and improves our relationships with our partners, family members, friends, and self. Come join us for one or all of our activities!

The women’s cultural program encourages and supports self-development; helps us, as women of all ages, reach a greater connection with our inner source of feminine strength; celebrates who we are as women; and improves our relationships with our partners, family members, friends, and self. Come join us for one or all of our activities!

 

Women’s Program 2016-2017

The women’s program of the Goodenough Community is a long-established and ever-growing way for women to enjoy each other’s company, learn about themselves as women, and even perhaps to experience the Divine Feminine.

Our curriculum is designed to open up a way for us to look inside ourselves and to share whatever we want our companions to know. We develop the curriculum in response to the lives of the women who participate in the program, and draw on the wisdom of the ages as well as modern psychological and spiritual understandings.

Our gatherings throughout the year include a time of introspection, a time of gathering and joining with others, and plenty of time to listen to others and to share our hearts. We often sing, chant, and dance. We find that opening ourselves to other women is indescribably satisfying and uplifting. Each woman is free to participate to the extent that is right for her.

 

About Our Leadership

We are fortunate to have Colette Hoff, M.Ed., as key faculty for the women’s program. Founder of the program in 1983, Colette is in the Crone phase of life. She has a special vocation in working with women’s issues as she supports and encourages women through their life-stage transitions and on their spiritual journeys.

 

Hollis Guill Ryan is the focal person for the women’s culture leadership team, with team members Elizabeth Jarrett-Jefferson, Joan Valles, Marjenta Gray, Rosemary Buchmeier, and Evelyn Cilley.

 

For more information, please send an email to:

hollisr@comcast.net

 

 

 

 

  

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