“Inheriting Our Mother’s Gardens”: Trans/lating, Trans/planting and Trans/forming Life by Sara Frykenberg

This is a wonderful essay about the power of mentoring and teaching and loving and family. I particularly loved the story about how her mother taught her it was OK to learn slowly by gently, steadily holding a compassionate space for her to work through her frustrations! How I wish most leaders and teachers could use this kind of grace-filled honoring of individual gifts and journeys. What a lesson to learn, to embrace her own genius instead of thinking of it as a deficit! “My mother taught me how to transform my slow and struggle-filled learning style into power. What I have discovered is that while, yes, I sometimes ‘learn slowly,’ I know enough to change a system, to apply evidence, and to create relationships by the time I am ready to speak and act. I learn carefully, because I work hard to hold this fragile knowledge in my hands.” Beautiful. Thank you for the reminder of the power of teaching and parenting as a way to hold a space of aloha for leader and follower both!

Sara FrykenbergThis Friday, March 7, 2014, the Women’s Caucus (WC) of the American Academy of Religion, Western Region will be hosting its annual “Professional Development Panel and Workshop” in Los Angeles, CA.  During the workshop panelists and attendees will consider what ‘gardens’ we have grown in, who our ‘mothers’ are and how this impacts what we bring to the table or what ‘gifts’ we bring to the table when dialoging with and across differences.  Our title and praxis at this event is also meant to honor our feminist mothers.  Specifically I would like to recognize and honor Letty Russel, Katie Geneva Cannon, Kwok Pui Lan and Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz.  Among many other accomplishments, these women edited the 1988 volume entitled: Inheriting Our Mothers’ Gardens: Feminist Theology in Third World Perspective.  This book helps to give voice to women marginalized within feminist theological discourses and is…

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