Is there something intrinsically spiritual or religious in motherhood? In the feminine? How might this be a bridge between different faiths?
Laura Vance is a professor of sociology and women’s studies at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. She is the author of Women in New Religions. She is also an expert on Mormon women.
Cynthia Eller is a professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif., where she specializes in women and religion and New Religious Movements. She has written several books on women and religion in prehistory and contemporary feminism.
Tammi J. Schneider is a professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif. She is an expert on Hebrew women in the Bible and is the author of Mothers of Promise: Women in the Book of Genesis.
Miriam Robbins Dexter is a research scholar at the Center for the Study of Women at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is co-editor of Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries.
Evelyn Ojeda-Fox is the founder of the Peaceful Birth Project and has written and taught about making birth a spiritual experience. She is based in Dunedin, Fla.
Marianne Littlejohn is a nurse and midwife who promotes and teaches the idea of spiritual births. She teaches a spiritual birth workshop and classes at the Spiritual Birth Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.
Jeanmarie Dwyer-Wrigley is an actress who facilitates workshops for women based on the divine feminine in the Chicago area. She is the founder of Womens Wisdom Resource Support and Mentoring Center in Des Plaines, Ill.
Anni Daulter is the author of Sacred Pregnancy: A Loving Guide and Journal for Expectant Moms and the founder of the Sacred Living Movement, a series of workshops on pregnancy, birth, menopause and other milestones of women’s lives, aimed at making them more spiritual.