Spiritual Sisterhood across States (and by sister I mean any non-patriarchal thinkers welcome)

dna  https://www.google.com/search?q=heretical+thought&oq=heretical+thought&aqs=chrome..69i57j0j69i60l3j0.2381j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 IdeaImpact.org’s project “Spiritual Sisterhood across States” 
welcomes you.  Until I get conversant with Zoom and lick this COVID-19 fully, we hope to begin with 12ish participants to whom we have extended invitations. Our initial topic will be how we are all coping in light of this isolating, alienating pandemic. We could all benefit from 45 minutes of discussing and sharing once a week/month/whatever helps. Think book club, only this will be a virtual coping club.

While we are not all girls and women, we are all sisters in openness. Spiritual Sisterhood Across States is for all those who are authentic and honest, and seek to understand or are searching for the nexus of their own epistemology/ontology, or what Socrates called “Know Thy Self.”  In common theoretical lingo — try situated-ness.

Spiritual Sisterhood Across States could well appeal to atheists, agnostics, or those who study or find fascinating all the different religious traditions over time (three dominant world religions, such as mainline and non-mainline Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and of course Zen, Atheism and Agnosticism).  This spiritual sisterhood is inclusive of all peoples in all ethical, spiritual, and religious traditions across all continents.

We are excluding those who believe in harming any group or category of peoples, forms of life, fauna and flora.

We’ve sent out the first round of invitations to those we think might be interested initially.  We hope to expand, though we must figure out logistics to do that.

And by all means, please do not think this is limited to girls or women or trans — it’s those who practice some form of the Society of Ethical Culture’s “Deeds before Creeds” ethics that are inclusive of all bodies (or peoples), no matter how many different intersecting, overlapping identities they embody or could embody.

To that end, a current picture, space, email and phone number will be required to guarantee that our space remains open and safe.  There will be zero tolerance of people, ideas or thoughts who profess white supremacy, white nationalism, other nationalisms, misogyny, institutional sexism, sexism, racism, nativism, xenophobia, and anti-atheism as well as anti-agnosticism.

Good Deeds over Creeds is accepting of all peoples, all genders, all sexualities and non-sexualities, races, ethnicities — excluding white supremacists, supremacists, misogynists, sexists, racists, nativists, xenophobes, homophobes, abilists, and any other artificial human hierarchies or institutionalizations. (Note: auto-correct keeps changing “othering” to “mothering” haha). Also it is not limited to academics.

So if you’re interested in joining once we get Zoom up and working for break out groups, please identify your “hood,” culture, tradition, religion, set of ethics, or what you most call the intersection of your ontology/epistemology over time or from an experiential perspective.  Drop me an email with the subject line “Spiritual Sisterhood Across States” at ruthobriencunygc@gmail.com.

To throw myself out there first, here is a short selection of ideas and thoughts from people, in books and in institutions or programs that I have read, edited, written, or heard. They greatly influenced my own ontology/epistemology nexus, helping me better “know” myself.


Martha Fineman, Emory Law


The Public Square Book Series, PUP, Joan Wallach Scott, Politics of the Veil

The Public Square Book Series,PUP, Jeff Madrick, The Case for Big Government

The Public Square Book Series, PUP, Andrei Codescru, The PostHuman Dada Guide, Tzara and Lenin Play Chess

The Public Square Book Series, PUP, Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America

Writing Politics Specialization Founded

Ruth O’Brien, author and editor, Voices from the Edge, edited, OUP

1st book In Heretical Thought Book Series ~
Book Series Editor, Ruth O’Brien, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

The Public Square Book Series, PUP, Jill Lepore, The Whites of their Eyes, the Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History

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About Ruth O'Brien

Professor Ruth O'Brien, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY) & Honorary Unaffiliated Academic Book Series Editor for The Public Square, Princeton University Press & Heretical Thought, Oxford University Press, USA Last book: Out of Many, One: Obama & the Third American Political Tradition (U of Chicago 2013). Nickname: Professorette by Rush Limbaugh (see http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Faculty/Core-Bios/Ruth-O-Brien)

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