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Brigid's Grove: Womanrunes

womanrunesWhat are Womanrunes and why use them?

Womanrunes are a unique and powerful divination system that use simple, woman-identified symbols to connect deeply with your own inner wisdom as well as the flow of womanspirit knowledge that surrounds you. Used as a personal oracle, they offer spiritual insight, understanding, and guidance as well as calls to action and discovery. Women who use them are amazed to discover how the symbols and interpretations reach out with exactly what you need in that moment. Women’s experiences with Womanrunes are powerful, magical, inspirational, potent, and mystical. The wisdom within them can be drawn upon again and again, often uncovering new information, understanding, and truth with each reading. They amaze me every day! - Molly Remer, brigidsgrove.com

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Pantyhose Declarations

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Nan Lundeen's powerful collection of thirty-eight poems introduces the reader to women who refuse to wear pantyhose, who rebuff the duty train, and who discover the magic of a redemptive red bra.

Her poetry celebrates the goddess in her many guises, the Earth swathed in its solstitial shrouds, and the power of a women's circle. It reclaims the Persephone-Demeter myth as two independent women and celebrates the “unafraid dark soul” on the longest night of the year. The ancient Eastern goddess, Quan Yin, speaks "soft as a bell offshore/soft as a white petal/dusting cheek of Muse." The Earth awakens in April and, "the trees -- the narrow trees/seemingly dead/everywhere singing with frothy green."

Lundeen's poetry honors the robust women of her Iowa heritage -- her late grandmother who becomes an angel, stirring soap in the farmhouse basement as an Easter ice storm rages; her mother, Marian, who refuses to relinquish her singing voice to dementia; and Aunt Geneva, who struggles like a sumo wrestler with her corset on her wedding day.

She finds spirituality in simple scenes, "The praying tree/one gray arm curved upward/as if she were a war veteran/who refuses to relinquish faith," and she finds grace in her little dog who sits beside her while she brushes her teeth: "Nobody else I know will do that."

About the Poet

nan in tree croppedNan Lundeen’s Black Dirt Days: Poems as Memoir, and Moo of Writing: How to Milk Your Potential were finalists in the 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards. Her poems have appeared in Yemassee, Illuminations, The Petigru Review, Connecticut River Review, and others. Her latest book of poetry is Gaia's Cry.

A retired award-winning journalist, she holds an MA in communications from Western Michigan University. She and her husband, freelance photographer Ron DeKett, live in southwestern Michigan among deer, wild turkey, hummingbirds, and wildflowers. She's a member of the Berrien UU Fellowship. Hear her read from her book of poems, The Pantyhose Declarations, at www.nanlundeen.com.

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Black Dirt Days

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2016 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist, poetry category.

Poet and journalist Nan Lundeen gives voice to rural Iowa of the 1950s "where cornfields sang in summer/and winter howled at our throats."

"In these poems, Nan harvests the stories of the land and the people that she came from and both will forever live in her well-worked lines." - Glenis Redmond, Teaching Artist & Poet.

""Black Dirt Days celebrates farm and family, childhood and church, and ultimately even 'good death.' In these honest, forthright poems full of Iowa light, Nan Lundeen offers praise for the place 'where [her] soul planted itself/and refused to move/although [her] body did.'" – Gil Allen, Bennette E. Geer Professor of Literature, Furman University, Winner of the Robert Penn Warren Prize in Poetry.

About the Poet

nan in tree croppedNan Lundeen’s Black Dirt Days: Poems as Memoir, and Moo of Writing: How to Milk Your Potential were finalists in the 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards. Her poems have appeared in Yemassee, Illuminations, The Petigru Review, Connecticut River Review, and others. Her latest book of poetry is Gaia's Cry.

A retired award-winning journalist, she holds an MA in communications from Western Michigan University. She and her husband, freelance photographer Ron DeKett, live in southwestern Michigan among deer, wild turkey, hummingbirds, and wildflowers. She's a member of the Berrien UU Fellowship. Hear her read from her book of poems, The Pantyhose Declarations, at www.nanlundeen.com.

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The MOO of Writing

Moo of Writing 300wJonathan Telfer, Editor, Writers' News and Writing Magazine, U.K, says, "Writing advice guides often tend to blur into each other, but not Moo of Writing, which takes a holistic approach to improve the writer’s life and creative process in a refreshingly different way. Unleash your inner cow and find your moos!"

The Moo of Writing process uses ...

exercise

relaxation

meditation

Current scientific research spanning the pond from the University of London to the University of California supports the premise that relaxation, particularly day-dreaming, stimulates creativity.

About the Poet

nan in tree croppedNan Lundeen’s Black Dirt Days: Poems as Memoir, and Moo of Writing: How to Milk Your Potential were finalists in the 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards. Her poems have appeared in Yemassee, Illuminations, The Petigru Review, Connecticut River Review, and others. Her latest book of poetry is Gaia's Cry.

A retired award-winning journalist, she holds an MA in communications from Western Michigan University. She and her husband, freelance photographer Ron DeKett, live in southwestern Michigan among deer, wild turkey, hummingbirds, and wildflowers. She's a member of the Berrien UU Fellowship. Hear her read from her book of poems, The Pantyhose Declarations, at www.nanlundeen.com.

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Gaia's Cry - NEW BOOK!

Gaias Cry 300wJust released - Nan Lundeen's new book of poetry, Gaia's Cry. We have signed copies!

“Gaia exemplifies the earth as a living entity, which we must preserve and sustain for our children," says sculptor Dora Natella, whose work adorns the cover of Nan Lundeen’s cautionary collection of poems, Gaia’s Cry. As global warming accelerates, Nan asks what form Gaia will take during her grandson Elijah’s lifetime. Ancient goddess myths and Native American legends enrich her vision of Earth’s startling beauty in a book that alerts, informs, and seeks strength in the courage of yellow wildflowers.
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“Science has given us the facts and evidence. Climate change is real and we are the problem. But, clear cold facts too often do not fire hearts and minds to change the world. That takes the poetic power of beauty, love, life, eloquence, and empathy. Thank you, Nan Lundeen, for fanning those flames for us.” —Mike Keen, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Sustainability Studies, Indiana University South Bend

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Read more: Gaia's Cry - NEW BOOK!

Celebrating Honoring Healing

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Celebrating Honoring Healing book backWe found this great resource at GA!

Here is a collection of inspiring and deeply meaningful earth-based rituals that celebrate life's transitions, offer healing for our sorrows and wounds, time to play, and ceremony to honor our journey and the journey's of those we love. They sprang from the lives and creative spirits of the authors. The book is a multi-cultural approach that combines an earth-centered spirituality with a dedication to and valuing of both feminine and masculine aspects of spirituality. With much encouragement from their participants, the authors have gathered a collection of their best rituals to share with you. This is a book that will be a source of inspiration and/or ‘ready to use’ rituals that will give you and others much needed spiritual sustenance.

 

Also available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Celebrating-Honoring-Healing-Collection-Earth-based/dp/1514237385

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Called to Community: New Directions in UU Ministry

Called to Community book coverA new book by Dorothy May Emerson (Author), Anita Farber-Robertson (Author),Mary McKinnon Ganz (Contributor) Rebecca Ann Parker (Contributor), Kathleen R. Parker (Contributor)

This book offers thought-provoking perspectives on putting liberal religious values into action to address real problems in local communities and in the world. The story of these innovative ministries is intended to inspire change in thinking and practice. This collection of essays invites readers to consider how liberal religion can address social issues through innovative community ministries beyond the walls of congregations. It provides historical and theological perspectives on community ministry and offers engaging real-life stories of community ministries in action. The authors have a long history of working in community ministry and they bring their experience, their inspiration, and their concerns, shared by them and their ministerial colleagues in the field to their accounts of this important story. There is no other book that tells the story of the challenges and potential of Unitarian Universalist Community Ministry for today and the future.

 

Available through Amazon.com.

Grandmother Galaxy

GrandmotherGalaxy-ShirleyRanckThe Grandmother Galaxy is one woman’s journey into three spirals of learning that have emerged and confront us in the 21st century--women’s creative spirituality, a growing appreciation of our earthly home, and a deepening respect for the varied cultures created by human beings. In each of these spirals the image of a fierce and powerful old woman arises as central to our journey. If wise old women were visible and powerful perhaps we would all be better educated about the female half of our religious history. If we honored the crone as a symbol of our earthly transformation, the cycle of death and new life, perhaps we would be less likely to destroy the life-giving systems of our planet. If we learned to respect indigenous cultures where old women are still revered, perhaps we could stem the violence against women, and between cultures, that pervades so much of our world. The Grandmother Galaxy explores some of these possibilities and asks: Could a growing galaxy of grandmothers lead us onto new paths for the future?

Rev. Ranck's long-awaited latest book is available in print and eBook formats from iUniverse. Or go ahead and purchase here!

The study guide for the book is online at www.grandmothergalaxy.org

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Cakes for the Queen book

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven book by Rev. Shirley RanckCakes for the Queen of Heaven, by Shirley Ranck, provides in book format the powerful lessons of the life-transforming curriculum by the same author. The book version, first published in the 90s, makes this material accessible for women today. It can be used by individuals or small groups to explore key issues women still struggle with today.

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven explores the relationship between women's religious history and the personal issues that arise in women living in this patriarchal society. Women struggle with issues of body image, troubled mother-daughter relationships, sexual freedom and access to power. We need to know that there was a time when the female body was sacred; that there once was a long-lasting religion in which the chief divine actors were a mother and her daughter; that in very ancient times women had significant power in their societies; that although patriarchal societies have oppressed women for centuries, there have always been strong and talented women. Our female history has been erased and trivialized for too long. In this book we meet ancient goddesses and their stories from around the world, real women in ancient Sumer, in Greece, in Judaism and in Christianity. In Cakes for the Queen of Heaven the past is before us, the women are there, and they help us change our lives. 

 

LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK!

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Great Goddess

Fact, Working Hypothesis, or Feminist Myth?
Great Goddess bookletGreat Goddess: Fact, Working Hypothesis, or Feminist Myth? is a compilation of panel presentations given at General Assembly 1992, edited by Dorothy Emerson. The panel and the publication were sponsored by the Feminism Section of Collegium, Association for Liberal Religious Studies, as part of its "Edge of the Wave" series, coordinated by Betty Hoskins. The 40 page booklet, in part a discussion of issues raised by Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, includes contributions by Carol Graywing, Shirley Ranck, Carol Hepokoski, Holly Horn, Christa Heiden Landon, Elizabeth Fisher, and Betty Hoskins.

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