a psalm about power by Miriam Therese Winter.

 

A PSALM ABOUT POWER

Voice 1       Women, what is power?

All              Power is not power over.
                   Power is not being overpowered.

Voice 2    Women, how do you exercise power?

All            By taking control of ourselves.
                 By refusing to be controlled by others.

Voice 3   Women, where do you get your power?

All           From the One Who is All-Powerful.
                We name Her Power!
                We claim Her power.
                Praise to Her Who empowers us.

Voice 1  Women, what is power?

All          Power is power with.
               Power is sharing power with others.

Voice 2 Women, how do you exercise power?

All          By giving control to others.
               By not controlling others ourselves.

Voice 3 Women, where do you get your power?

All         From the One Who is All-Powerful.
              We name Her Power!
              We claim Her power.
              Praise to Her Who empowers us.

Voice 1 Women, what is power?

All         Power is in and through.
              It is in ourselves and through the Spirit.

Voice 2 Women, how do you exercise power?

All         By being in control of ourselves.
              By living and working through the Spirit.

Voice 3 Women, where do you get your power?

All         From the One Who is All-Powerful.
              We name Her Power!
              We claim Her power.
              Praise to Her Who empowers us.

Voice 1 Women, what is power?

All         Power is empowering.
              Power is not empiring.

Voice 2 Women, how do you exercise power?

All         By empowering others to empower others.
              By creating empowering circles.
             By resisting empire building.

Voice 3 Women, where do you get your power?

All         From the One Who is All-Powerful.
              We name Her Power!
             We claim Her power.
             Praise to Her Who empowers us.

Voices Women, when will you claim your power?

All       We are naming it and claiming it
            by naming Her and claiming Her
           Who is Power and Who is empowering.
           We the powerless have the power
           to liberate and transform ourselves
          and to do the same for others.
         Praise to Her Who empowers us.

From the chapter on Jezebel in the WomanWitness by Miriam Therese Winter. I have emailed Ms Winter and gained permission to post this psalm. Emphasis my own.

I have been reading and re-reading this psalm over these last months. It helps on those days when I am tired of being witness to the destructive nature of male energies galloping over us all. It’s a boost and a reminder.

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huddle up, toronto!

On February 12 from 6-8pm I will be facilitating a Huddle Up! meeting.

Please RSVP https://actionnetwork.org/widgets/v2/event/action-meeting-2?format=js&referrer=brooke-scott&source=widget

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The first meeting will be a meet and greet with discussions of concrete actions to work with. Future meetings will be at a child-friendly space and time.

My intention is to add teens to the group, including discussions to model active citizenship in democracy.

Please join us and share!

homeschooling and the women’s march.

“This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution.”

Gloria Steinem, from the Address to the Women of America

In grade eight in the Waldorf pedagogy (we are Waldorf-inspired homeschoolers) there is a thread of revolution throughout the lesson year and what with the revolution happening within the child, it makes sense.

This year along with our usual resources I will be attending the Women’s March in DC on Saturday with my grade eight child and another young person. What better resource than being part of an actual social revolution to help a soul connect with the motivations and deep need a group of people feel to risk revolution?

Personally I have waited a large portion of my life for this kind of movement to again coalesce and would not miss the opportunity to go myself and bring young folks with me.

If you are unable to make the March please attend a sister march.