Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality  

Feminism, Activism and Spirituality
Fall/Winter 2011
Volume 29, Numbers 1,2


Table of Contents

Feminism, Activism and Spirituality

by Rosina Agyepong, Margaret Brigham, Sabra Desai, Patsy Sutherland,
Anne Wagner and Njoki Nathani Wane
In Memoriam Shelagh Wilkinson by Luciana Ricciutelli 7

Exploring Notions of Spirituality
Alternative Altars: Beyond Patriarchy and Priesthood and Towards Inclusive Spirituality, Governance and Activism Among Catholic Women Religious in Ontario by Christine Gervais 8
Second Nature: Contemporary Pagan Ritual Borrowing in Progressive Christian Communities by Laurel Zwissler 16
Spiritual Beginnings of Indigenous Women's Activism: The Life and Work of the Honourable Thelma Chalifoux, White Standing Buffalo by Judy Iseke and Leisa Desmoulins 24
Beyond Questionable Certainties by Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes 35

Connecting the Mind, Body and Spirit Through Movement(s)
Traditional Healing and Spirituality Among Grenadian Women: A Source of Resistance
and Empowerment by Patsy Sutherland 43
Ecospiritual Action and the Gift Imaginary: A Union of Spirituality and Politics by Kaarina Kailo 51
"Born from Silence": Theory and Strategy for Resistance and Justice-Making from the
Birth of Creative Power by Deborah Prokipchuk Ackley 61
Classical Martial Arts Training: A Zen Approach to Health, Wellness and Empowerment
for Women by M. Ann Philips 67
Dance for Peace and Healing: Spirituality in Action by Ronnie Joy Leah 72

In Memory of Shelagh Wilkinson, 1928-2011
Shelagh Brenda Wilkinson, September 18, 1928-November 16, 2011: Such a Long Journey tribute by Marion Lynn 79
Women's Studies — One Experience by Shelagh Wilkinson 83
With Thanks by Lesley Wilkinson 85
Marion Lynn and Shelagh Wilkinson: An Interview with the cws/cf Founders interview by Luciana Ricciutelli 86
Quite a Journey: A History of the Bridging Programme by Shelagh Wilkinson 90
Shelagh with family and friends photoessay by Luciana Ricciutelli 97
Dr. Shelagh Wilkinson, York University Convocation, October 18, 2009 convocation address by Shelagh Wilkinson 102

Those Less Often Heard: Honouring Distant Voices
Black Women's Experiences of Spirituality as a Form of Resistance and Activism by Nadesha Gaytle 107
Sankofa: Reclaiming My Voice Through Canadian Black Feminist Theorizing by Nadia Prendergast 121
Breaking the Silence: Reclaiming Qur'anic Interpretations as a Tool for Empowerment and Liberatory Praxis for Dealing with Domestic Violence in Canadian Muslim Communities by Sabra Desai and Zehra Haffajee 127
Indigenous Spirituality, Activism and Feminism in the Life of My Mother by Rose Ann Torres 135
The Psycho-Spirituality of African Canadian Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario by Edna Aryee 141
Honouring Spirituality and Activism: Children and Young People's Awareness and Response to the Needs of Others by Lynn DeCaro 152

(Re)Embodying Academia: Bringing Spirituality into the Ivory Tower
Reclaiming Our Spirituality: A Pedagogical Tool for Feminism and Activism by Njoki Nathani Wane 159
Spirituality, Religion, Secularism and the Academy: Reflections on "The Muslim
Woman's Question by Tassabaum Fahim Ruby 171
Spirituality and Empowerment of Black Women in the Academy by Rosina Agyepong 176
Creating Space for Spiritual Praxis in Academia: A Dialogue by Jabeen Aslam and Krista Riley 183

Rosary by M. E. Csamer 15
Margit Bridge by Ilona Martonfi 15
Universe of Now by M. E. Csamer 23
Ants by Farideh de Bosset 41
(S)Mothering by Carolyne Van Der Meer 41
A Date by Farideh de Bosset 49
With a Simple Pink Rose by Ilona Martonfi 50
Stir by Carole Glasser Langille 60
Motherlode by Carolyne Van Der Meer 60
Incest by Farideh de Bosset 71
Alzheimer's: A Square Dance in two movements by Evelyn Violini 71
Simone by Adrick Brock 76
Under the Bed by Joan Bond 120
The Stepfather's Photos by Ilona Martonfi 126
A Gentle Impression by Joanna M. Weston 139
when i'm alone and senior by Joan Bond 140
Anything by Kay R. Eginton 149
Aimer par Angela Galipeau 149
wor(l)ds about we(e) women by Adele Graf 150
Judith by Adrick Brock 157
Planting by Sandra Woolfrey 158
On the Street (Pantoum) by Joanna M. Weston 181
Mudstones by Ilona Martonfi 182
Running at the "Y" by Carolyne Van Der Meer 191

Book Reviews
Mennonite Women in Canada: A History reviewed by Deborah McPhail 193
This Spot of Ground: Spiritual Baptists in Toronto reviewed by Johanna H. Stuckey 194
Sex, Gender and Episcopal Authority in an Age of Reform, 1000-1122 reviewed by Becky R. Lee 195
Women's Lives in Biblical Times reviewed by Patricia Keeney 195
Native American Women's Studies: A Primer reviewed by Donna Schatz 196
Les Dramaturges Antillaises: Cruauté, Créolité, Conscience Féminine révisé par Mylène F. Dorcé 197
Angelic Scintillations reviewed by Heather Spears 198
A Rain of Words: A Bilingual Anthology of Women's Poetry in Francophone Africa reviewed by Philippa Jabouin 200
Private Spear to World Stage from Austen to Eliot reviewed by Anne Gagné 200
Reading Women's and Gender Studies in Canada by Margaret Hobbs and Carla Rice 201
Daughters and Mothers in Alice Munro's Later Stories reviewed by Gisela Argyle 208
Engendering Genre: The Works of Margaret Atwood reviewed by Jennifer Fraser 209
The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature reviewed by John Lennox 209
L'Art Naïf dans la Modernité révisé par Jeanne Maranda 211
Paris Times Eight: Finding Myself in the City of Dreams reviewed by Tanya Pikula 212
The Risks of Remembrance reviewed by Norma Lundberg 213
Young Romantics: The Tangled Lives of English Poetry's Greatest Generation reviewed by Natalie Neill 214

Front Cover
Janet Stahle-Fraser, "The Harvest," 1999, 28" x 48", acrylic on canvas.

Back Cover
Janet Stahle-Fraser, "Garden Door," 1998, 22" x 30", acrylic on canvas.

Janet Stahle-Fraser is a painter/printmaker with a m.a. in philosophy from the University of Guelph. Her love for exploring media is apparent in the diversity of media and techniques she employs such as colour and monochrome woodcuts, etchings, monotypes, mixed media, pastel and acrylic paintings. Recently, she has begun to incorporate digital techniques into her work. Janet's art has been shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Gallery and internationally. It has been featured in Canadian books, magazines and newspapers. She is the recipient of numerous awards and is a faculty member in fine art at Nipissing University. Janet opens her Tapawingo Studio to the public for the summer and has been a long time member of the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour. Her studio is located one km east of Baysville on Hwy 117 at #2781 with a sign posted on the north side near The Landscapes Resort's flags and entrance. Call her at 705-767-3594 for hours. Email: janet@tapawingostudio.on.ca Web: www.tapawingostudio.on.ca.

Artist Statement: My main media are painting and printmaking but my background in philosophy shapes my artistic vision. My work gives form to the products of my questioning mind. Often, these questions concern myth, culture, religion, life and mortality. I am constantly seeking a vantage point that gives me the necessary distance for questions to enter. Then I play in my sandbox with the medialessons of the power of women and importance of women's roles in her own family.