The Maher project in India has provided refuge to more than 1,400 women, half of whom would likely otherwise have been murdered, committed suicide, or starved to death. Founded in 1997 by Sister Lucy Kurien, Maher honors all religions and strongly repudiates caste distinctions. Many believe Sister Lucy is the next Mother Teresa, and her pioneering work has vast potential for replication anywhere women are socially oppressed. Will and Cynthia will present slides showing this amazing community, and recount inspiring stories of women healing other women while overcoming some of the most appalling patriarchal injustices on earth. Women Healing Women provides remarkable testimony to the power of love for overcoming some of the most appalling injustices, and a blueprint for how to do it.
The authors, William Keepin, PhD and Cynthia Brix, MDiv live on Whidbey Island and lead an international project for healing and reconciliation between women and men in South Africa, India, and Canada. Will is an environmental scientist, spiritual mentor, and Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation. Cynthia is an interfaith minister and former campus minister at the University of Colorado. Will and Cynthia are adjunct faculty at Holy Names University, and directors of the Satyana Institute which conducts interfaith spiritual training on the path of love and service. Will and Cynthia are authors of Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men.