In Other News

While Starhawk’s meditation on McCain gets top billing from The Wild Hunt today, it isn’t the only story of interest to our communities happening right now. Here are some links to other stories of note.New Jersey’s Packet Online looks at the careers of Darlene Prestbo and Hazel Staats-Westover, elders within the women’s spirituality movement, who contribute a chapter to the recently released work “WomanSoul: The Inner Life of Women’s Spirituality”.”Because of their longtime involvement in women’s spirituality, their professional reputations and friendships, Ms. Prestbo and Ms. Staats-Westover were invited by Carole A. Rayburn, a noted research psychologist who had visited the women’s spirituality groups and been touched by the experience, to contribute a chapter to Womansoul: The Inner Life of Women’s Spirituality. Ms. Rayburn co-authored the book with Lillian Comas-Diaz, also a respected psychologist and educator. The icing on the cake for the two local women was an invitation to the 116th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Boston, where they spoke Aug. 15.

Paula Gunn Allen 1939 – 2008

Paula Gunn Allen, an American Indian scholar, poet, and founding figure in the Women’s Spirituality movement, passed away on May 29th after a long illness. She is perhaps best known for her book “The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions”, which argued that women’s central role in Native culture and spirituality was removed or downplayed by European settlers and colonizers. Paula Gunn Allen’s work went on to inspire a new generation of feminist explorations within American Indian communities and beyond.Paula Gunn Allen”I have noticed that as soon as you have soldiers the story is called history. Before their arrival it is called myth, folktale, legend, fairy tale, oral poetry, ethnography. After the soldiers arrive, it is called history.”