We want to share with you resources we believe will be helpful as you journey on your spiritual path.
Relevant books on spirituality, books written by speakers we have brought to Louisville, poems written by participants of our programs, and resources we believe are relevant to the conversations Spirit of Sophia is engaged in are listed.
“Breaking down whiteness in a U.S. context starts with a focus on anti-Black racism, particularly given the historical construction of whiteness as opposition to indigenous people and enslaved Africans. The binary of white and Black is part of the historical legal reinforcement of white supremacy requiring people in the U.S. to be recognized as one of the two.
Collected by a group of academics in religious studies, history, and ethics, the resources provided on the site lean heavily on anti-Black racism and may be seen as reinforcing the binary of white and Black to a certain degree. It is not our intention to reify the binary. Rather, we seek to show how the binary works as a necessary part of both sustaining and breaking down white supremacy. As we expand the scope of this conversation, we seek to add resources that attend to how structural racism historically and currently affects a wider diversity of racialized communities.”
Poem written by a participant of “Sacred Thresholds with Paula D’Arcy”
Women Are Walking
June 29, 2020
We were actually sitting.
Yet each one is walking to, from, around, or through thresholds.
My love showed through quiet tears.
Words spoken early went through my ears.
Straight to my heart.
Her words have a way of doing that.
My arms hurting without anyone in them.
I touched her shoulder and placed a soft kiss. She couldn’t have felt them.
Wi Fi isn’t that strong.
I had goosebumps from the love.
I had prepared the room.
Barefoot in the sacredness of the moment.
We lingered afterwards.
Just to be with each a little longer.
I couldn’t leave the room for hours.
I could sleep.
Then, I slept all through the night and most of the morning.
It’s time for another sacred event.
I no longer try.
I prepare my heart as I leave the room.
Never the same…
Thresholds are calling…
Tears are rolling….
Women are walking…
Poem written by a participant of “Spaciousness of Trust” workshop
Where to Listen . . .
in the breeze of the trees
in the chirp of the birds
in the hum of the bees
in the chatter of the squirrels
in the tall mountain’s grasping
in the woman’s sad sobs long
in the old man’s rasping
in the butterfly’s song
in the doves’ coos at day’s start
in the symphony at eve’s twilight
in the quiet of your heart
in the peaceful rest at night
©2019 Sandra Rippetoe
Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature by Kathleen Moore
Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittister
Radical Amazement by Judy Cannato
Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
A Star in My Heart by Joyce Rupp
Dance of the Spirit by Maria Harris
The Inner Voice of Love by Henry Nouwen
Books written by International Authors/Retreat Leaders/Speakers hosted by Spirit of Sophia
Dr. Beverly Lanzetta
Radical Wisdom: A Feminist Mystical Theology
Emerging Heart: Global Spirituality and the Sacred
The Monk Within: Embracing a Sacred Way of Life
The New Silence: Spiritual Practices and Formation for the Monk Within
Sister Helen Prejean
River of Fire: On Becoming an Activist
River of Fire: A Spiritual Journey
Dead Man Walking
Dr. Christine Page
The Handbook of Women’s Mysteries
Frontiers of Health
The Healing Power of the Sacred Woman: Healing, Creativity and Fertility of the Soul
The Mirror of Existence: Stepping Into Wholeness
Beyond the Obvious: Bringing Intuition into Our Waking Consciousness
Winter of the Heart: Finding Your Way through the Mystery of Grief
When People Grieve
Seeking All My Heart
stars at night
Song for Sarah
Gift of the Red Bird
The Divine Spark
Rivers of Sorrow, Currents of Hope
Waking Up to This Day
A New Set of Eyes
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
The Tao of Psychology, Synchronicity and the Self.
Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women’s Lives.
Gods in Everyman: Archetypes that Shape Men’s Lives.
Ring of Power: Symbols and Themes in Wagner’s Ring Cycle and in Us:
Crossing to Avalon: A Woman’s Midlife Quest for the Sacred Feminine.
Close to the Bone: Life-Threatening Illness and the Search for Meaning.
The Millionth Circle: How to Change Ourselves and The World. The
Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women Over Fifty–Becoming a Juicy Crone.
Crones Don’t Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women.
Urgent Message From Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World. “
Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet.
Moving Toward the Millionth Circle: Energizing the Global Woman’s Movement.
Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman