By Elizabeth Miller
We were pleased to welcome Belvie Rooks to a new Interview Series dedicated to Women and Faith, as our first guest contributor. The primary focus of Women and Faith is to engage in the exploration of the wisdom of women, especially those working creatively at the intersection of personal, social, and ecological healing. The design of these in-depth conversations arises from womenâ€™s experiences of living from the heart as they cultivate integrity and presence. In essence: What is it that provides women with strength, balance, and peace on their path of service, and how do women experience transformation? Belvie Rooks is an educator, writer, activist and producer whose work weaves spirituality, feminism, social healing and environmental restoration in novel ways that honor the wisdom of all beings and bridge socially constructed divides. Belvie is married to activist and poet, Dedan Gills. Together they are the co-founders of Growing a Global Heart, a project to bring communities together to plant a million trees in locations throughout the world in honor of the millions of lives lost in acts of violence and oppression, and to seed new hope for humanity and the earth. Most recently, Belvie was the featured speaker at the Sufi Women Organizationâ€™s fall luncheon, where she shared stories from her own life, and brought the audience with her on a journey through the inspirations and creation of Growing a Global Heart, including its recent extension to tree planting initiatives with youth and communities in Oakland.
Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 1