Healing the Wounds of Patriarchy, One Woman at a Time

It’s day four of the Friends General Conference Gathering workshop for high school women, “Honoring That of Goddess Within.” Twelve Young Friends, ages 14 to 18, sprawl on couches in the dormitory lounge where we meet every morning, each girl intently writing in her journal after the morning’s guided meditation. An attractive young woman in the group suddenly throws down her journal, crying, “I hate my body! It’s so ugly! I can’t stand it!” She sobs loudly, as the others look on, open-mouthed. A moment later, a usually reserved member of

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Peggy O’Neill is a longtime member of Richmond (Virgina) Friends Meeting and an active volunteer at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Young Friends gatherings. She regularly leads Sacred Circle Dances and workshops on the Sacred Feminine, and sees her ministry as restoring the balance between the masculine and feminine in our world. She is a founding member of a Quaker intentional community in Ashland, Virginia.

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