"I need to keep telling myself these are the death throes of patriarchy. The thrashing tail of the dying dinosaur, thrashing violently about in resistance to what is already here - which is a new paradigm. It is a new understanding of our interconnectedness and our oneness and our connection to the Earth and what we owe the Earth and what the Earth has sacrificed for us. That is the work of the Divine Feminine."
In June 2020 we started the conversation to address what is described by the "The Death Throes of Patriarchy"
as inspired by this statement by Kathe Schaaf that was published in the 10th Anniversary Edition of What Happens When Women Wake Up by Patricia Fero.
This series addresses relevant topics including racial parity and justice, the direct impact of patriarchy on women and girls, men and boys, and all living things.
Multicultural Vision of The Future
This call in our Death Throes of Patriarchy series brings together a diverse group of women in both culture and age to hear how patriarchy impacts them and their vision for the future. From an indigenous medicine woman, a women's empowerment and spiritual leader, a farmworker (who came with a translator) and young woman President of a UN NGO you will hear a vast cross section of the impacts and patriarchy and how we move towards a balanced world.
Grandmother SaSa a lifelong lover of the Earth and its People is a High Priestess, Dreamer, Seer, and Universal hands-on Healer. She was born in Central Maine to father of Abenaki/Scottish/Irish descent and to a Japanese mother.
Studying for 20 years with an elder, Cherokee medicine woman Grandmother Nakai Breen, who brought the Medicine Hoop of Life sacred ceremony into the world, passed the medicine on to Grandmother SaSa. The sacred ceremony came from the ancient ones, sent to humanity at a time that it would be needed for the healing of Earth and the people. Twice a year, Grandmother SaSa holds a Medicine Hoop of Life ceremony.
For additional information, please visit The Rose and The Swan website.
Currently living in West Ossipee, New Hampshire, inspired by a vision, Grandmother SaSa is the founder of The Rose and The Swan, a center dedicated to healing the Healers. Recognized for her Humanitarian work, prayer and ceremony, she has traveled the globe to share her wisdom
Aina-Nia Ayo’dele is an Ancient Wisdom Teacher| Leadership Coach| Spiritual Liberation Activist on a mission to influence change by inspiring individuals to Re-Membering their Power. Over a decade ago Aina-Nia founded Sacred Women International and the life transformational process, Sacred Leadership Training process. She is a well sought after public speaker and has presented to academic, corporate, Faith and civil society audiences across Canada, USA, the Caribbean and Ghana on issues of gender, racial equity and African indigenous practices.
Currently the Director of Community Resources at the City of Toronto, Aina-Nia was integral to the creation of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism and in 2018 established North America’s first government sanctioned strategy and permanent office to address anti-Black racism.
In 2018 Aina-Nia was named one of the 100 Most Accomplished Black Canadian Women in Canada. In 2016 she was named one of the Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada. She has been recognized by the Ontario provincial government for her contributions to community in 2015 and in 2008 was nominated as one of Toronto’s Most Inspiring Women. Most recently Aina-Nia was recognized as one of 58 Outstanding Achievers at Home and Abroad in honour of Jamaica 58th Independence.
Aina-Nia is featured in the Sacred Women International executive produced film Remembering Her Power. The film premiered at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions in Toronto, Canada and was a featured documentary on Global Africa Television Network as well as the final feature film in LA’s PTA film festival 2020. Aina-Nia is also featured in the YouTube web series, Souls of Women.
Nely Rodriguez is a senior staff member and leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). On behalf of the CIW, Ms. Rodriguez accepted the 2013 Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Want Medal and herself was recognized with the 2012 Woman of Courage Award from UNANIMA. Her work with the CIW women’s group was also lifted up when the Food Sovereignty Alliance and WhyHunger honored the CIW with the Food Sovereignty Prize in 2012 for "demonstrating the importance of women’s rights in food and agricultural systems through CIW's women’s group that works to combat sexual harassment and other abuses."As part of the Fair Food Program, Ms. Rodriguez and her colleagues conduct workers’ rights education in the fields on all farms participating in the Program. Ms. Rodriguez's work at the CIW includes hosting daily radio shows on the CIW’s low-power community FM radio station, leading the weekly women’s group meetings, receiving complaints of abuses in the fields, managing wage theft claims, and investigating cases of modern-day slavery. Finally, Ms. Rodriguez represents the CIW at a national level, speaking publicly on the challenges faced by farmworkers in Florida, both during major actions with thousands of consumers and in dozens of presentations throughout the year.
Arati is currently the President of Earth Child Institute whose mission is to engage with and empower children and young people today who comprise close to half the global population toward a sustainable tomorrow. Arati strongly believes in investing in environmental education and providing youth with the opportunity to voice their concerns and take action. She has advocated for children and climate change while attending United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 20, COP 21, COP 22, as well as High Level UN events. Arati is currently based in New Jersey.
Watch our past calls
The Role of Religion with Ending Patriarchy According To Youth with Tahil Sharma and Sarah Oliver
Patricia Fero was born for these times. She is a passionate woman who has dedicated her life to igniting the collective feminine in planetary awakening. Her capacity for clearing her own internalized patriarchy and fierce listening are the magic she brings to every setting.
The author of four books, Patricia has shared her wisdom through writing. Her first, Mining for Diamonds shows how people can use adversity to create resiliency. What happens When Women Wake Up? is a roadmap for clearing internalized patriarchy.
Her third book, Sacred Marching Orders, describes the new energy of the solar feminine. Marianne Williamson’s endorsement reads: “Women owning our power and using it collaboratively is what our planet desperately needs. Sacred Marching Orders is a call to women to channel our passion into the healing of the world.”
Ann Smith loves to teach circle facilitation and the New Leadership and Organization based on Circle Principles. She is teacher/learner, mentor, coach, illuminator of Divine Feminine, advocate for women’s equality and empowerment, author and community organizer. She speaks from forty-years of experiences where she has listened, observed and learned from women around the world. She is co-founder and director of Circle Connections, Millionth Circle Convener, Regional Coordinator of Gather The Women Global Matrix, Co-Associate Companion of Happehatchee Chapter of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross and SARAH Advisor. She is married with two daughters, three grandsons and one cat. She lives next to Everglades nature preserve in Naples, Florida. Ann serves on the Death Throes of Patriarchy team and the General Congress of Women team at S.A.R.A.H.
Sande Hart was rattled awoke the morning of 911 by that all too familiar scene and heard the whisper, "Gather Women", She said, "Yes" and soon invited women into her living room resulting in S.A.R.A.H. Sande is a workshop facilitator, producer and social artist, claiming she "paints with people." Sande created the unofficial 18th Sustainable Development Goal of Self Awareness and Personal Agency. She is the founding past lead of the Women and Girls sector of the Charter For Compassion, and past Chair of the United Religions Initiative for North America. As a Certified Trainer of Compassion Integrity Training, Sande identified that with just a few subtle shifts in our understanding of our own power and wisdom, we can change and achieve our wildest dreams if and when we dare to dream them. Sande hosts calls with Grandmother Flordemayo, Founding member of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers in the Urgent Call From The Spirit of The Feminine calls every 20 Days,
serves on the Death Throes of Patriarchy team and the General Congress of Women team at S.A.R.A.H.
Tahil Sharma is an interfaith activist based in Los Angeles who was born to a Hindu father and a Sikh mother. Following the Oak Creek, WI shooting of a Sikh temple in 2012, Tahil became involved in efforts for interfaith literacy and social justice and has been doing this work professionally for the past seven years. Tahil serves as one of three Interfaith Ministers in Residence for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and as the Los Angeles Coordinator for Sadhana: A Coalition of Progressive Hindus. Tahil also serves various organizations in different capacities to educate, engage, and serve various communities that promote interfaith cooperation and ethical pluralism and social and productive norms in society including the Interfaith Youth Core, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, The Guibord Center, and The Interreligious Council of Southern California. Tahil previously worked as the Faith Outreach Manager for Brave New Films, a social justice documentary organization based in Los Angeles that empowers communities and teaches civic participation through new media, facilitation, and strategies for action. He is also a contributing author to books including Co-Human Harmony: Using Our Shared Humanity To Bridge Divides, Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care: Chaplaincy in Theory and Practice, and Acting on Faith: Stories of Courage, Activism, and Hope Across Religions.
Sarah Oliver is the Global Youth Coordinator of the United Religions Initiative, working to connect, inspire and support young people as interfaith activists and peacebuilders around the world. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Sarah has worked in the interfaith sector for the last 10 years, running youth camps, workshops and skills-trainings, both locally and globally. Within these programs, Sarah strives to create spaces of trust, dialogue, and learning across religious and cultural divides. She joined URI in 2016, where in her role with the Southern African region, Sarah supported the development of the Girls Not Brides Campaign in Malawi. This has been a project of URI Cooperation Circles in Malawi, striving to end early child marriage and support girls with their education. In Cape Town, she is also the Programme Coordinator of an interfaith schools programme, as well as a Board member of the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative (CTII). Sarah holds an Honours Degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town.
Edith Lewis, Dr. PH is Emerita Professor of Social Work and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan. Her primary research interests include methods used by women of color to off set personal, familial, community, and professional role strain. This has included involvement in studies identifying strengths within African-American women's communities; the intersections of gender and ethnicity in the lives of women of color; outcomes of an intervention project for pregnant, substance-dependent women; multicultural organizational development, isolating the successful methods used by Ghanaian women in community development projects; and the development of the Network Utilization Project intervention to systematically address individual, family, and community concerns. She has taught in the areas of ethnoconsciousness, community and social systems methods, global and feminist
practice, and family and group theories and practice. Other areas of interest: teaching innovations, particularly those that help prepare social work students for practice within diverse national and global communities.
Brecia Kralovic-Logan is an artist, author, and advocate for creativity and women. She is a creative life coach and the author of “The Spiral of Creativity- Mastering the Art of a Spirited Life.” She founded the International Women’s Festival Northwest to honor women’s accomplishments and highlight issues facing women globally; and the Pebble Rebel Award which honors women making a positive difference in their communities. Kralovic-Logan serves as the Southern California representative for the Global Art Project for Peace. She is the founder of the Women’s Woven Voices project, an international art collaboration that empowers women through writing, weaving and sharing their stories.
Patricia Fero is a co-facilitator of the Death Throes of Patriarchy series. On this call, Patricia will both contribute to this conversation and present questions and thought provoking ideas for conversation. Her full bio is below.
Rev. Maymette Ellis Dolberry is an
Ordained Elder and Servant leader at Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ypsilanti, MI since 1999. Licensed professional Counselor in the state of Michigan and trained mediator. Owner of “Courage to Change Ministries,” a five-fold ministry of preaching, counseling, teaching, workshops and mediation. Co-founder/organizer of an interfaith, interracial and intergenerational, small group ministry, “Listen, Learn, Love” which emphasizes one-anothering, to bridge and heal the racial divide in our communities. Is a long time social and political activist. Poet, author and playwright. Loves reading and Zumba. Has a dancer’s heart in an unwilling body.
Foundational Theology, My springboard: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).