what about a women's spiritual community?
here are some of the places that i find nurturing, nourishing, enriching:
- a benedictine women's monastery that is about 3 hours away. Not ideal because of the distance but I routinely take part in the retreat activities they have that are more 'feminine' focused. We usually have eucharist. Except for the fact that it is a male priest, it is an open table.
- an interreligious retreat centre for workshops
- cnwe -- their listserv is great. They hold a couple of retreats every year. And there is sustenance and support in the community of like minds.
I still go to mass in my home parish although not as regularly as I used to. I go for several reasons which are in no order of importance:
- because of committment to community
- because I love eucharist
- because I love the music
I do a lot of personal preparation for the readings. Besides the eucharist, I focus on deeply listening to scripture for hearing what 'I' hear.
Because of my committment to the work for change in the Church, I also routinely take in workshops that are offered by a non-religious community that helps people become better equipped with skills that support progressive social change.
I try to apply what I learn there in the work that I do for cnwe.