In a society that seems unsure of what to do with a “witch,” Starhawk has remarkably and quietly attained broad recognition as an authority on Goddess religion. Pagan spirituality informs her tireless work as a global activist for peace and environmental justice. Our hearts are opened by the recollections of her first hand experiences of the Seattle WTO demonstrations and her time spent in Israel and Palestine. She reveals startling stories of the brutality of government officials against nonviolent demonstrators in the United States and around the world, and yet shares the excitement and hope she derives from the dedication of a new generation of activists who devote their lives to fostering global transformation.
Starhawk’s books include the Wiccan classic The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (HarperSanFrancisco 1999, 20th anniversary edition), The Fifth Sacred Thing (Doubleday 1994), The Twelve Wild Swans: A Journey to the Realm of Magic, Healing, and Action (HarperSanFrancisco 2001) and Webs of Power: Notes From the Global Uprising (New Society 2002).
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How we can be inspired to use our wisdom and knowledge in this transformative time to create a world of justice and balance
- What is the value of a spiritual foundation for activism
- How to use the power of language in envisioning peace
- What is the role of passion and rage in a “peaceful” political action
- How recent sightings of the Virgin Mary relate to the rise in feminine values and vision around the world
- How the violence in Israel and Palestine might be brought swiftly to an end
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 8/24/2003 Program Number: 3005