Hello everyone, I am Winifrid (Winnie) Follett, a member of St. Andrew’s Sedona and past Diocesan President for ECW.
A New Look for ECW would look like a circular Spiritual Gathering with a purpose, not a meeting to have a meeting.
Many cultures and traditions have gathered in ritual circles. These circles were used to confirm the identity of the community through ritual storytelling, dance, and music.
In ancient times, both men and women sometimes shared stories around the fire; they still do in many indigenous cultures worldwide. These gatherings may provide meaning and direction in life. Gathering in a circle is a vital element. Increasing numbers of women are discovering its potency for healing and enriching communications. This is true for all the numerous countries throughout Mother Earth where people still gather in circles.
To form our First Circle, we will use the Sacred Art of Listening, based on the book by Kay Lindahl, so that we can start by listening to both ourselves and those around us and, of course, to Mother God.
The intention is to form a Circular based Episcopal Church Women in the Diocese of Arizona.
The Sacred Art of Listening
December 17th, 2022, 9 am to 2 pm. (lunch will be served to those attending in person)
In Person: St. Andrews Church, Sedona, 100 Arroyo Pinon Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336
Online Via Zoom: (link sent to each registered attendee)
Sitting in circles comes naturally to us. The circle is a universal symbol of unity and wholeness. The impact of the circle is very profound. No one is at the head – there is no beginning or end. We will learn to listen, one at a time, pausing before the next person speaks, learning to listen deeply to your inner self (your soul) and the soul of others, create awareness of listening and being listened to, deepen our respect for others and develop a sense of community.
We will ask questions such as; How do your religious beliefs influence how you have fun, choose your friends, speak, and work?
How do you define peace?
There is no right or wrong answer to any question; it is how the spirit tells you to answer.
Learn how we can all listen to the spirit within us and how we can better ourselves and our Diocese.