Voices and Echoes: Canadian Women’s Spirituality (Google eBook)

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Jo-Anne Elder, Colin O’Connell
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, Oct 15, 1997 - Religion - 237 pages
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“Every time we raise our voices, we hear echoes.” Jo-Anne Elder, from the Foreword

Through short stories, journal entries and poetry, the women in Voices and Echoes explore the changing landscape of their spiritual lives. Experienced writers such as Lorna Crozier, Di Brandt and Ann Copeland, as well as strong new voices, appear to speak to each other as they draw from a wealth of personal resources to find a way to face life’s questions and discover meaning in their lives.

There is something familiar about these stories and poems — they echo those we’ve heard before and those we’ve half forgotten. Whether they search for a voice in a world where men monopolize or journey into painful memories to free the self from the past, they do not despair, they do not end. Individual entries become the whole story — an unending story of rebirth and reaffirmation.

The book begins with an illuminating foreword that introduces readers to the cultural and philosophical background of many of the stories, and concludes with the reflections of scholars, writers and artists that are intended to provoke further discussion.

  

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Contents

Visions and Echoes
1
Angelus or Blessed Are the Uninitiated for They Shall Go Fishing
11
already there is no going back
19
The Day I Sat with Jesus on the Sun Deck and a Wind Came Up and Blew My Kimono Open and He Saw My Breasts
21
Discriminatio Spirituum
33
the challenge
39
the wall
41
scenting You
43
Second Solitude
99
Parallel Images
109
Beginning in Summer
111
Mother is Sewing
119
Blood and Chestnuts
121
Gifts
125
The Birth Circle
129
The Weaned Child
135

hallel
45
breaking the rules
47
Margarets Dreams
49
The Death of a Husband
57
Disturbing the Peace
61
The Stations of the Cross
67
This Is History
77
Journey into the Vortex
83
Myths
91
Between Ebony and Ivory
93
Last Picnic
97
Meditation on Night Number One
137
What She Remembered and What She Forgot
149
Erics Song
159
Thee
161
Black Moon
165
A Day in the Life of a Warrior or Safe in the Body of Goddess
171
Echoes
183
List of Contributors
219
Source Notes
227
Selected Bibliography
229
Copyright

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Page xiii - Properly speaking, it is impossible in the absence of a diversity of voices: in it different universes of discourse meet, acknowledge each other and enjoy an oblique relationship which neither requires nor forecasts their being assimilated to one another.

About the author (1997)

Jo-Anne Elder is a writer, translator and editor whose articles on translation and women have been widely published. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Sherbrooke in comparative Canadian literature.

Colin O’Connell, currently a free-lance journalist and co-author of Liberation Education and Value Relativism, received his Ph.D. in religious studies from McMaster University.

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