Month of the Mother Online Gatherings

Posted by on May 1, 2023

Wisdom is a tree of life to all who embrace Her; 
happy are those who hold Her tightly.

Proverbs 3:18

In honor of Mother’s Day & the Mothering Spirit who Mothers us all, you are invited to a series of online gatherings in May co-hosted by Girl Child Long Walk & WomanSpirit Reclamation.

Sunday, May 14 at 9 a.m. ET 

A Mother’s Day Liturgy: Wisdom Builds Her House
A Sacred Circle of Remembrance to Reclaim & Honor God as Mother

Mother’s Day, aka Mothering Day, falls on different days around the world but for many this day falls in the month of May. Watch a special Mother’s Day Liturgy to remember, reconnect with, and re-imagine the Sacred as our ancestors from across time and in every corner of the world have done so: as the Mother of Life who gives birth to and mothers all things.  

Wednesday, May 24 at 9 a.m. ET

Reclaiming Eve, Our Mythic Mother:
The Truth About Our Origin Story

Who has Eve been in your mythic imagination? How can we reclaim Eve’s pre-patriarchal legacy as the life-giving Mother of all Living before patriarchy framed and blamed her as the source of evil in the world and built civilization on the backs of a man-made hierarchy of conquest and oppression which has harmed us all? How might reclaiming Eve as our Mythic Mother elevate how women and girls are valued in society and restore our interconnectedness as a human family with the Web of Life which is our home?

In this Month of the Mother, join us to honor and re-imagine Eve, the Mother of all Living (חַוָּה Chavah in Hebrew), and reclaim her pre-patriarchal legacy as our life-giving Mythic Mother. You’ll watch a new video that the Girl Child Long Walk project co-created with WomanSpirit Reclamation adapted from a newly released book by Patricia Reilly, hear from the three creators of the video, and have a chance to join in the discussion during this conversation about Eve.

Friday, May 26 at 2 p.m. ET

In Her Own Words: A Calabash of Cowries with Luisah Teish

Join us in conversation with Luisah Teish, a writer and performer of sacred myth and folklore from the African diaspora. She will read and share excerpts from her new book A Calabash of Cowries: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times, a collection of tales featuring the Orishas, the wonders of the natural world, and ancient understandings of the mother.

Readers of all cultures will discover in these retellings of traditional tales a resource that illuminates the mythic and the real, the ancient past and the emerging present. Through her weaving of traditional folk tales with her own rich prose and poetry, she offers spiritual wisdom and cultural celebration through stories that have and will continue to endure the test of time. Come encounter the visions of mother from the African diaspora.

Sunday, May 28 at 12 noon ET

Meet Her at the Altar: Eve Ceremony

As a way to end this month-long tribute to remember, reclaim, and honor the mythic Mother of Life, grab an apple and join in this special ceremony hosted by WomanSpirit Reclamation to Meet Her at the Altar and “take a bite out of life.” This ceremony will invite you into the fullness of your life’s possibility nourished by Eve’s courage, which becomes our courage. WomanSpirit Reclamation’s Songstress in Residence, Shellee Layne, will craft music to deepen your connection to the mythic mothers.

Hot off the Press:
Eve, Our Mythic Mother 

In this groundbreaking new book, Patricia Lynn Reilly dismantles, story by story, the patriarchal infrastructure that demoted Eve and denied women sovereignty over their own bodies and lives. Ready to meet the Eve that’s been hidden for millennia?