The Lilith Institute

Welcome...

to the online home of  The Lilith Institute,
a center for learning which seeks to transmit many types of knowledge -- oral, written, iconographic, spiritual, emotional, and embodied. In schools or online, in private homes or community centers, we work to connect women with each other and to themselves.

Announcing

Talking to Goddess

A collection of
blessings, prayers, invocations
and other writings
by 72 women in 25 spiritual traditions,
edited by D'vorah J. Grenn
 

Background

Among the Institute's goals:

- continue planting seeds for spiritual change, social action and greater cross-cultural understanding;
- critically examine existing patterns of thought, behavior and language through new lenses, acting as a catalyst for personal and cultural transformation;
- facilitate an ongoing exchange of ideas across diverse spiritual traditions; and
- encourage women to recognize their potential to be change agents in their own lives, and so in their communities and the world.

In Spring 1999, I founded Voice of the Spirit, a women's spirituality conceptual framework within which circles of women came together to examine and re-vision ancient sacred texts and contemporary issues, as we explored spiritual practices and practical solutions relevant to our daily lives. This work continues through Mishkan Shekhinah, a mobile sanctuary, and in a variety of settings.

Mojuba, respect and deep gratitude to Rita Kolb Grenn and all my ancestors for insisting that I keep following my intuition. Modupe/Todah/many thanks go to my spiritual teachers, especially Yeye Aworo Fajembola Fatunmise, Ohen Imene Nosokpikan and Iya Isefalona Oshogbo, who taught me to hear the ancestors--and to pay attention. Many thanks also to my elders, especially my late godmother Milli Sabath, and Kaye Schuman for their sage advice and unwavering support. Thanks also to Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Blu Greenberg, Rabbi Nadya Gross and Rabbi Shefa Gold for spiritual, intellectual and social activism, and their courage in thinking—and acting--ahead of their times. 

Thanks to Judy Grahn for giving us a new origin story, and for her extraordinary vision and insight into human behavior. Judy, internationally renowned lesbian feminist activist, poet and author, created Metaformic Theory and teaches a new form of consciousness which can change all our lives.  Her books are treasured, including The Common Woman poems; She Who; Another Mother Tongue; Blood, Bread and Roses; Queen of Swords; The Judy Grahn Reader and more; she is editor of Metaformia: A Journal of Menstruation and Culture (http://www.metaformia.org,)

Thanks to Dianne E. Jenett for her leadership, compassion, discernment and courage; for co-creating a powerful feminist research method, Organic Inquiry, together with Dorothy Ettling, Jennifer Clements and Lisa Shields; and for co-founding, with Judy Grahn, Serpentina, Women-Centered Research for Everybody (www.serpentina.com), a container big enough to hold us all.

And thanks to Kris Brandenburger, educator par excellence and author, "THE REDDEST ROSE UNFOLDS: a girl's own fish stories" -- for her feminist consciousness, her restless intellect, patient encouragement and wisdom over the years.

Appreciation also goes to shamanic healer and author Vicki Noble (www.motherpeace.com), feminist peace activist and visionary Starhawk (www.starhawk.org and www.reclaiming.org), Max Dashu (http://www.suppressedhistories.net/), Cosi Fabian, Krissy Keefer (http://www.dancebrigade.org/) and others too numerous to name here, for their pioneering work in reconfiguring our world.

For years, these women have acted according to their consciences as they modeled new ways of thinking and positive social change, following their visions and manifesting their values even when doing so put them in jeopardy or caused them to be ostracized by those with narrower minds. They, and many other cutting-edge scholars, writers, artists, priestesses and spiritual leaders across different spiritual traditions and disciplines, are part of an ongoing paradigm shift.

OFFERINGS

• classes and workshops on women's and human rights issues including violence against women; identifying and correcting power imbalances in personal and professional relationships
• creation of rites of passage and lifecycle rituals
• consultation on altar building and creating a spiritual practice
• drumming and chanting circles