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(CNN)-Their M.O. is a tried and terrifying one: Launch a raid, single out Christians, and then spray them with bullets. But when Al-Shabaab militants ambushed a bus Monday, things didn't go according to plan. A group of Kenyan Muslims shielded the Christian passengers and told the attackers they were prepared to die together. The Muslim passengers, who were mostly women, told the Islamic militants to kill them all or leave them alone, witnesses said.
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These brave women have my vote for Sheroes of the Year!
By acknowledging those who walked before us, we can set our own life into context. The practice of paying homage to past generations - the veneration of the ancestors - keeps that connection intact through the ages. We put our own paths into perspective by recognizing the trail blazers who made it possible. Those from whom we have inherited our world. Those to whom we owe our lives. Those whose blood and pain and guilt and triumph travels through our own brains and bodies. To those, who are our roots, we toast our thanks.Death has taken so many luminary thinkers, writers, artists, philosophers, healers, teachers, and priestesses of the Feminine Divine in the past several years. Many of these extraordinary spiritual leaders have been dear friends, colleagues and mentors to me, and undoubtedly to many, many others.The above words are from the last issue of The Queen's Chronicles: A Month of Death. They were followed by pictures of those dear women who have passed recently. But as soon as I hit the send button, I realized with huge consternation and tremendous guilt that I had left out three very important spirit Queens. And now I have just learned of a fourth powerful woman who passed away this month.
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We Queens know what we know. And we know a great deal. Our experience has made us wise. So, feel free to consult with our cyber council/counsel when you are need of sage advice or wish to explore a particular topic of interest.
The July/August issue : All About Anger promoted so many responses about anger. The conversation continues:
Are you angry?
How angry are you?
What makes you angry?
How do you handle it?
How do you express it?
How does it make you feel?
Hi there Queen Mama Donna
You asked what we are thinking and writing about anger. Here's one I wrote for a website I edit with two other young women who are from Mennonite background called OurStoriesUntold.com.
The site provokes conversation about the sexualized violence in Mennonite faith communities- peaceful people with a whole lotta violence going on under the surface in homes and congregations. We are working to expose it and help survivors feel safe to come forward.
A guy in a bar: "I've never met a woman who was angry enough."
A guy in a bar once told me: "I've never met a woman who was angry enough." A sex crimes law enforcement officer told us trainees at the Los Angeles Rape Hotline, "First they say they are fine, then they cry, and then, finally, some of them get mad. It's not until I see them claim that rage phase that I know they'll get through it."
In my early teens I began encountering men who would suddenly expose themselves in my presence-in parking garages, among the rows of books in libraries, from passing cars and apartment windows along the street. I would be startled, horrified, put my head down, turn my back, and walk away in tears, shaken for hours or days afterward. Ask any woman about her experiences of street harassment. She'll likely have a story of some kind to tell you.
It wasn't until my mid 30's that I finally overcame my always-be-pleasant-and-immediately- forgive-your-enemies Mennonite upbringing. I was walking to a therapy appointment in downtown Harrisonburg for depression after a failed marriage. My eye caught a naked guy with an open coat standing in an alleyway across the street, leering at me. I suddenly transformed myself into the Medusa, faced him straight on and began hollering like a maniac, "Get the hell away from me! You are sick and dangerous!! Go get help for God's sake!" He quickly snapped his overcoat shut and high-tailed it (as my Mother would say) down the alley away from me. I was shaking but not crying when I got to the therapist's office. I wish he had had the good sense and education to be relieved that I'd finally found my rage phase and joined me in it instead of asking me to calm down and help him understand why I was so upset. I stopped seeing that therapist, but most importantly I never encountered another flasher. My husband wonders whether the guy himself ever dared to flash again.
A Mennonite friend told me the story of how her incestuous Father would visit her bedroom at night until one night, after years of abuse, she was prepared for him, armed with a table lamp, crouched behind the door. When he stepped into the room she pummeled him, busting a hole in the bedroom door. The next morning nothing was said, everyone was pleasant at the breakfast table, and family devotions came off without a hitch. The broken door was repaired and no one asked what happened to it. But that was the last of her Father's bedroom visits, though it was decades before she found the courage to expose the secret. And then of course she was blamed for daring to accuse her Godly father of such a horrible thing and disrupt the family peace.
The reason so many of us Mennonites are not "getting through it", as the Los Angeles police officer described, (without drugs, divorce, isolation, incarceration, depression, mental illness, suicide, and more) is that we have such trouble giving ourselves permission to admit the awful truth of what happened to us and enter the rage phase, for fear of losing respect in our families, communities and churches. The reason we fear losing respect is that the church unwittingly continues to teach damaging interpretations of otherwise important doctrines of non-violence, peacemaking, and forgiveness, especially when it concerns the perpetration of sexualized violence.
But we have our own minds. We are free to believe what we choose. We all have a voice, whether or not we've realized its full potential. And we have a church today whose leaders, for the first time in its history, have communicated that they want to listen and take action. We can challenge hurtful doctrines, speak up, and holler back. We can be the change. The Bible tells us to "Be angry and sin not." It does not tell us to "Never get angry." In fact the example of Jesus overturning tables and yelling his head off about the money changers defiling his Temple and House of Prayer provides the opposite example.
Our Bodies are our Temples. "Don't you realize that your bodies are the Temples of the Spirit of Holiness who is in us?" (1 Corinthians 6:19) What a beautiful concept. When our Temples are sexually harassed, assaulted, raped, molested, degraded, or objectified, then we have the right and the God-given responsibility to holler back and throw a few things around.
Leader, Anabaptist-Mennonite Chapter of SNAP
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is the world's oldest and largest support group for sexual abuse victims and their loved ones. SNAP was founded by victims of Catholic priests in 1988 and now has more than 20,000 members in over 60 countries. Even though "Priests" is in its title, SNAP is open to religious and nonreligious persons who were sexually violated by anyone inside or outside a faith community.
What makes YOU angry?
And what are you doing about it?
I would love to further this discussion. Do send in your thoughts, suggestions and experiences.
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Letters in response to the NOVEMBER 2015 Issue:
Read The Chronicles and am simply wowed. The images were a beautiful addition. I remember when you first spoke "everything has a shadow" at a wake, at the Quaker Meeting House. I was in awe of your wisdom then and still am.
- Daile, NY
Thank you for empowering women to heal themselves, to embrace their cycles and to awaken their inner power.
- Sarah, MI
You are a bright, guiding, beautiful light whose spirit has brightened countless lives.
- Joan, FL
Terrific newsletter!!! I even learned things in the self-defense department, even though I have done self defense for 40 years!
- Cristina, NY
Your July/August "Anger" newsletter invoked a profound and powerful gut reaction not just in me but in my entire group of Queens. We shared your emotion. Thank you for your positive energy, your generosity of spirit - your writings and teachings help me stay strong despite the crappy stuff we have to deal with, not just as women, but as part of a society that seems to reject common sense in favour of the almighty dollar. You help me see there is good here in this world and I thank you for that and for what you bring to my world and to the world of so many women - to all the women with whom you connect, from the bottom of my heart I thank you -
- Deanne, BC, Canada
Thank you so much for your inspiring newsletter! I always enjoy it so much.
- Anne, AZ
Thanks for all the hard work of putting The Queen's Chronicles together for a decade! You have given so much to so many of us. Grazie molto!
- Queen Mary Immaculata, CO
Congratulations! You have demonstrated deep love and commitment through your dedication to raise women's consciousness of the worth of their own lives! In sessions, workshops, gatherings, newsletters, your books and blogs, you have inspired women and men to reflect on a better, more respectful and equitable way to honor our sacred gifts, spirit and Mother Earth! Through your own trials and tribulations, giving up was never an option, instead you taught us through your actions, that options and paths are infinite! The world is wide and vast; answers abound everywhere.
Please keep your letters coming. And do feel free to make suggestions about content you would like to see. Or anything else, for that matter.
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While we have the gift of life,
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Alessandra Belloni, NJ; Imogene Drummond, NY; Marcy Gordon, NY; Ubaka Hill, NY; LuLu LoLo, NY; Lynda Rodolitz, NY; Carol Tandava, NY; and Diane Torr, Scotland;on their performances and/or performances of their work.
Suzanne Benton, CT; Cristina Biaggi, NY; Darla Bjork, NY; Karen Fitzgerald, NY; Ana Mendieta, R.I.P.; Barbara Moore, NY;Yoko Ono, , NY; Barbara Rosenthal, NY; Gail Rothschild, NY; Nina Sobell, NY; Linda Stein, NY; Kay Turner, NY; and Jane Weissman, NY; on the exhibitions of their artwork.
Jennifer Abod, CA,Look Us In the Eye: The Old Women's Projects (Film); Sharon Blackie, Ireland, If Women Rose Rooted (Book); Elaine Silver, FL, The Only Real Power (CD); Mierle Laderman Ukeles, NY, Seven Work Ballets (Book); Annie Lanzillotto,, NY, L is for Lion (Audio Book); Julie MacDonald, MA, The Evolution of the Spirit of Mankind (Book); Judith Molina, R.I.P., Full Moon Stages and Having Loved (Two Books) on their new publications.
Maureen and Randi Anderson, NY, Jennifer Clavet, CO; and Susan Corso, NY; on their change of residence.
Amy Cunningham, NY, on the establishment of her new business, Fitting Tribute Funeral Services.
Janet Henry, NY, on her Art Matters Grant.
Please send your good news, achievements, accomplishments, successes and celebrations so that our international circle of sovereign sisters can send you blessings and accolades.
And we are glad to so. It is a joy and a privilege to share in the fortune of another woman. I recently heard Oprah say the saddest thing ever - "The hardest thing about being successful is having someone to be glad for you."
It takes a centered and confident Queen to break that pattern. There are 60 million thrones out there. One for each of us. There is plenty of purpose, passion and power for us all. May we use it well!
Please Offer Your Purest Thoughts, Your Heart-Felt Prayers, Your Great Good Feelings, And Your Very Best Blessings For Healing and Peace of Mind To:
Adrianne, NY; Alison, TN; Amy, NY; Babs, NY; Barbara, NJ; Bebee, DE; Berenice, NY; Bettye, NY Betty, AL; Chrissie, NY; Christine, NY; Dana, FL; Dawn, CA; Diane, NY; Dolly, NY; Dominique, NM; Dorothy, CA; Gail, WA; Jo, AZ; Gerry, VT; Joan, ME; Joan, NY; Judi, FL; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kathrine, Denmark; Kaylin, MD; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Laurie, OH; Linda, FL; Linda, SC; Lisa, NJ; Lorie, KY; Lydia, CO; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Margi, NY; Mari, VA; Margi, NY; Marna, NY; Marsha, NY; Mary, MD; Mary, NY; Mary, OH; Mary, CO; Nancy, NY; Nancy, NC; Nona, LA; Pat, MA; Patsy, NY; Paula, NT; Pearl, NY; Reynolds, NY; Roberta, NY; Sally, NY;Sandy, CA; Serpentessa, NY; Sharon, NY; Shelley, NY; Sheriden, MA; Shirley, IN; Sherli, CA; Sid, PA; Sue, CA; Susan, NC; Susan, NY; Terese, NY; Terri, FL; Urvashi, NY; Vicki, MN; Weslea, ME; and Yvette, NY;
who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury, or surgery.
Amy, NY; D. Barbara, NY; Beverly, NY; Carol, NY; Diana, FL; Eleni, NY; Gaetana, NY; Joanne, NY; Kimberly, NY; Kyia, MN; Linda, NY; Linda, NY; Maureen, NY; Meryl, NY; Beedee, NY; Patricia, Australia; Regi, CA;Sheryll, CA;Susan, NY; and Svetlana, NY;
who would benefit greatly from some spiritual support.
Deni, NY; Erica, New Zealand; Gaetana, NY; Gail, NY; Hemetra, PA; Janet, CT; Kat, NY; Kate, NY;k; Laurie, OH; Lois, NY; Marla, NY; Mary, CO; Marya, NY; Miriam, NY; Nancy, NC; and Roslyn, NJ;
the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.
May Their Spirits Rest in Peace
Ingrid Andrew, England
Betty Didcoct Burrill, MD
Honey Lee Cottrell, CA
Jackie Flanagan, OH
Judy Nass Frohman, PA
Degania Golove, CA
Silvia Parra, CA
Carolyn Phenix Hearn, VA
Ruth Silver, AZ
Roberta Tankowitz, FL
Frances Wasserlein, BC, Canada
With Heart Felt Condolences:
Susie Bright, CA
Margi Flanagan, NY
Melinda Gebbe, CA
Sharon Hine, FL
Amber Hollibaugh, CA
Marguerite Kotwitz, BC, Canada
Jean Parsons, AZ
Maya White Sparks, VA
Rachel Trugman, Israel
Effy Wild, ONT, Canada
I shall be going into hospital for my long awaited right knee surgery. I tore a ligament 3 years ago, and I have been hoping it will repair itsef somehow, but alas, it is not to be. It is a keyhole surgery and I should be in and out really. Yet I am so phobic around needles that I am terrified!! Please help me prepare by holding me in your prayers. Thank you, and may you be blessed bee!!!!!
- Anique, Australia
Our baby sister Dotty was hit by a car yesterday she is going to be OK with time . Send her some light please.
- Skipper, MA
I just found out my neighbor friend Sherry Whitefeather is in hospital they are calling it congested heart failure. .. please make a prayer 4 her.
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