Feminism, Activism and Spirituality


Fall / Winter 2011

Volume: 29

Number: 1, 2

Table of Contents

by Rosina Agyepong, Margaret Brigham, Sabra Desai, Patsy Sutherland, Anne Wagner and Njoki Nathani Wane

In Memoriam Shelagh Wilkinson by Luciana Ricciutelli

Exploring Notions of Spirituality

Alternative Altars: Beyond Patriarchy and Priesthood and Towards Inclusive Spirituality, Governance and Activism Among Catholic Women Religious in Ontario
by Christine Gervais

Second Nature: Contemporary Pagan Ritual Borrowing in Progressive Christian Communities by Laurel Zwissler 

Spiritual Beginnings of Indigenous Women’s Activism: The Life and Work of the Honourable Thelma Chalifoux, White Standing Buffalo
by Judy Iseke and Leisa Desmoulins

Beyond Questionable Certainties
by Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes

Connecting the Mind, Body and Spirit Through Movement(s)

Traditional Healing and Spirituality Among Grenadian Women: A Source of Resistance
and Empowerment
by Patsy Sutherland

Ecospiritual Action and the Gift Imaginary: A Union of Spirituality and Politics
by Kaarina Kailo

“Born from Silence”: Theory and Strategy for Resistance and Justice-Making from the
Birth of Creative Power
by Deborah Prokipchuk Ackley

Classical Martial Arts Training: A Zen Approach to Health, Wellness and Empowerment
for Women
by M. Ann Philips

Dance for Peace and Healing: Spirituality in Action
by Ronnie Joy Leah

In Memory of Shelagh Wilkinson, 1928-2011

Shelagh Brenda Wilkinson, September 18, 1928-November 16, 2011: Such a Long Journey tribute by Marion Lynn

Women’s Studies — One Experience
by Shelagh Wilkinson

With Thanks
by Lesley Wilkinson

Marion Lynn and Shelagh Wilkinson: An Interview with the cws/cf Founders
interview by Luciana Ricciutelli

Quite a Journey: A History of the Bridging Programme
by Shelagh Wilkinson

Shelagh with family and friends photoessay
by Luciana Ricciutelli

Dr. Shelagh Wilkinson, York University Convocation, October 18, 2009
convocation address by Shelagh Wilkinson

Those Less Often Heard: Honouring Distant Voices

Black Women’s Experiences of Spirituality as a Form of Resistance and Activism
by Nadesha Gaytle

Sankofa: Reclaiming My Voice Through Canadian Black Feminist Theorizing
by Nadia Prendergast

Breaking the Silence: Reclaiming Qur’anic Interpretations as a Tool for Empowerment and Liberatory Praxis for Dealing with Domestic Violence in Canadian Muslim Communities
by Sabra Desai and Zehra Haffajee

Indigenous Spirituality, Activism and Feminism in the Life of My Mother
by Rose Ann Torres

The Psycho-Spirituality of African Canadian Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario
by Edna Aryee

Honouring Spirituality and Activism: Children and Young People’s Awareness and Response to the Needs of Others
by Lynn DeCaro

(Re)Embodying Academia: Bringing Spirituality into the Ivory Tower

Reclaiming Our Spirituality: A Pedagogical Tool for Feminism and Activism
by Njoki Nathani Wane

Spirituality, Religion, Secularism and the Academy: Reflections on “The Muslim Woman’s Question
by Tassabaum Fahim Ruby

Spirituality and Empowerment of Black Women in the Academy
by Rosina Agyepong

Creating Space for Spiritual Praxis in Academia: A Dialogue
by Jabeen Aslam and Krista Riley


Rosary by M. E. Csamer
Margit Bridge by Ilona Martonfi
Universe of Now by M. E. Csamer
Ants by Farideh de Bosset
(S)Mothering by Carolyne Van Der Meer
A Date by Farideh de Bosset
With a Simple Pink Rose by Ilona Martonfi
Stir by Carole Glasser Langille
Motherlode by Carolyne Van Der Meer
Incest by Farideh de Bosset
Alzheimer’s: A Square Dance in two movements by Evelyn Violini
Simone by Adrick Brock
Under the Bed by Joan Bond
The Stepfather’s Photos by Ilona Martonfi
A Gentle Impression by Joanna M. Weston
when i’m alone and senior by Joan Bond 
Anything by Kay R. Eginton
Aimer par Angela Galipeau
wor(l)ds about we(e) women by Adele Graf
Judith by Adrick Brock
Planting by Sandra Woolfrey
On the Street (Pantoum) by Joanna M. Weston
Mudstones by Ilona Martonfi
Running at the “Y” by Carolyne Van Der Meer

Book Reviews

Mennonite Women in Canada: A History
reviewed by Deborah McPhail

This Spot of Ground: Spiritual Baptists in Toronto
reviewed by Johanna H. Stuckey

Sex, Gender and Episcopal Authority in an Age of Reform, 1000-1122
reviewed by Becky R. Lee

Women’s Lives in Biblical Times
reviewed by Patricia Keeney

Native American Women’s Studies: A Primer
reviewed by Donna Schatz

Les Dramaturges Antillaises: Cruauté, Créolité, Conscience Féminine
révisé par Mylène F. Dorcé

Angelic Scintillations
reviewed by Heather Spears

A Rain of Words: A Bilingual Anthology of Women’s Poetry in Francophone Africa reviewed by Philippa Jabouin

Private Spear to World Stage from Austen to Eliot reviewed by Anne Gagné

Reading Women’s and Gender Studies in Canada
reviewed by Margaret Hobbs and Carla Rice

Daughters and Mothers in Alice Munro’s Later Stories
reviewed by Gisela Argyle

Engendering Genre: The Works of Margaret Atwood
reviewed by Jennifer Fraser

The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature
reviewed by John Lennox

L’Art Naïf dans la Modernité
révisé par Jeanne Maranda

Paris Times Eight: Finding Myself in the City of Dreams
reviewed by Tanya Pikula

The Risks of Remembrance
reviewed by Norma Lundberg

Young Romantics: The Tangled Lives of English Poetry’s Greatest Generation
reviewed by Natalie Neill 


About the Artwork

Front Cover
Janet Stahle-Fraser, “The Harvest,” 1999, 28″ x 48″, acrylic on canvas.

Back Cover
Janet Stahle-Fraser, “Garden Door,” 1998, 22″ x 30″, acrylic on canvas.

Janet Stahle-Fraser is a painter/printmaker with a m.a. in philosophy from the University of Guelph. Her love for exploring media is apparent in the diversity of media and techniques she employs such as colour and monochrome woodcuts, etchings, monotypes, mixed media, pastel and acrylic paintings. Recently, she has begun to incorporate digital techniques into her work. Janet’s art has been shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Gallery and internationally. It has been featured in Canadian books, magazines and newspapers. She is the recipient of numerous awards and is a faculty member in fine art at Nipissing University. Janet opens her Tapawingo Studio to the public for the summer and has been a long time member of the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour. Her studio is located one km east of Baysville on Hwy 117 at #2781 with a sign posted on the north side near The Landscapes Resort’s flags and entrance. Call her at 705-767-3594 for hours. Email: [email protected] Web: www.tapawingostudio.on.ca.

Artist Statement: My main media are painting and printmaking but my background in philosophy shapes my artistic vision. My work gives form to the products of my questioning mind. Often, these questions concern myth, culture, religion, life and mortality. I am constantly seeking a vantage point that gives me the necessary distance for questions to enter. Then I play in my sandbox with the medialessons of the power of women and importance of women’s roles in her own family.


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