Gender & Spiritual Companionship:
Healing the Divide
Thursday, April 22, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This institute is designed for all people who offer spiritual care, especially spiritual companions.
Those from all traditions – and none – are welcome to participate.
Gender has become a battleground, yet many of us know that deep down men and women complement one another.
Do the people you companion long for relationships that are based not only on mutual respect, but also mutual reverence? Do you?
Do you or those you companion ever find it difficult to navigate issues of gender and sexuality within your religious or spiritual traditions?
Are those you companion uncertain of how to be in relationship with women and/or men since #MeToo? Are you?
If you answer YES, to any of these questions, please join us for an inspiring workshop on Gender Equity and Reconciliation.
Spiritual companions of all ages and faiths routinely encounter gender injustice –– and in particular, significant challenges between women and men –– in their practices. The #MeToo movement has increased awareness of gender conflicts, sexual harassment and exploitation, and patriarchal oppression—but how can these knotty challenges be addressed in practical terms?
This workshop introduces Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI), which has developed an innovative methodology for healing and reconciliation between women and men. GERI has been introduced in nine countries to date and was endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2013. Inspiring examples of remarkable healing and reconciliation between the sexes will be presented from GERI’s application in Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu communities. Experiential exercises are included to give participants a first-hand taste of this transformative process.
William Keepin, PhD, is a mathematical physicist and scholar-practitioner of interfaith spirituality. He co-founded Gender Equity and Reconciliation International, which has conducted 120 trainings in nine countries, and Satyana Institute which has organized five international conferences entitled Dawn of InterSpirituality. He leads interfaith spirituality trainings, and his research on global warming influenced environmental policy internationally. Will co-authored Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men and Women Healing Women. His new book is Belonging to God: Spirituality, Science, and a Universal Path of Divine Love, which presents a universal, nondual path of divine love, bridging science and mysticism.
Rev. Cynthia Brix, PhD (Hon), is co-director of Satyana Institute and co-founder of Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI). She is an ordained contemplative interfaith minister and was formerly a campus minister at the University of Colorado. A student of Eknath Easwaran’s Passage Meditation, she leads interfaith spirituality retreats. Cynthia holds an M.Div. from Iliff School of Theology, an MA in wellness management and gerontology, and an honorary doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in Spirituality and Social Justice. Cynthia is co-author of Women Healing Women, and contributing author of Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men. Cynthia organized an international conference in Italy that brought women spiritual leaders together and produced a DVD from this conference titled Cultivating Women's Spiritual Mastery.
Listen to this in-depth conversation with Will and Cynthia on the SDI Encounters Podcast.