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Women and men healing together: responding to #MeToo ~ William Keepin, Cynthia Brix, & Sister Lucy Kurien

Monday, October 29, 2018
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


With the shattering revelation of rampant sexual harassment recently, the #MeToo campaign, and the excruciating spectacle of one renowned male icon after another falling from grace in ruinous humiliation – a burning question arises: How can women and men actually heal these debilitating wounds, and reconcile? Can we throw out patriarchal patterns of oppression and exploitation, and learn to live in mutual trust, collaboration, and loving joy together? 

YES! There is a way through all this, and thousands are doing just that, in multiple countries around the world. Courageous men and women are joining together to confront patriarchal society, to plumb the depths of their own gender and sexual conditioning, and they are tapping into the incredible power of reconciliation between women and men to HEAL this appalling patriarchal exploitation and oppression, which afflicts every major society on Earth. This is happening now!
Join internationally renowned humanitarians and visionary leaders Sister Lucy Kurien, William Keepin and Cynthia Brix for this profound dialogue and book signing at Banyen Books!
"Extraordinary and groundbreaking ... Holds great promise [for] alleviating one of the most important problems humanity has been facing."

~ Stanislav Grof

"An extraordinary contribution to fostering gender reconciliation."

~ Angeles Arrien
William Keepin, PhD, is a mathematical physicist and scholar-practitioner of interfaith spirituality. He co-founded Gender Equity and Reconciliation International, which has conducted 120 trainings in nine countries, and Satyana Institute which has organized five international conferences entitled Dawn of InterSpirituality. He leads interfaith spirituality trainings, and his research on global warming influenced environmental policy internationally. Will co-authored Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men and Women Healing Women. His new book is Belonging to God: Spirituality, Science, and a Universal Path of Divine Love, which presents a universal, nondual path of divine love, bridging science and mysticism. 

Rev. Cynthia Brix, PhD (Hon), is co-director of Satyana Institute and co-founder of Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI). She is an ordained contemplative interfaith minister and was formerly a campus minister at the University of Colorado. A student of Eknath Easwaran’s Passage Meditation, she leads interfaith spirituality retreats. Cynthia holds an M.Div. from Iliff School of Theology, an MA in wellness management and gerontology, and an honorary doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in Spirituality and Social Justice. Cynthia is co-author of Women Healing Women, and contributing author of Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men., –

Sister Lucy Kurien is the founder and director of Maher, a community and interfaith organization for abused and destitute women and children, headquartered in Pune, India. Sister Lucy established Maher to help destitute women regardless of caste, creed, or religion. In the short-term, Maher provides immediate shelter and interventions. In the long-term, the community focuses on upending India's systemic violence, exploitation, and segregation—of men and women, but also of rich and poor. Since its inception in 1997, Maherhas has grown from one home and three residents to 43 homes, and has touched the lives of over 38,000 beneficiaries. Sister Lucy Kurien also founded the Interfaith Association for Service to Humanity and Nature in Pune, India, in 2017.  

Sr. Lucy's journey has been dotted by exceptional courage and compassion. In recognition of her services, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee awarded her with the Nari Shakti (women empowerment) award in 2016. Other prominent awards include the DCCIA Award for Excellence in Social Service, the Global Women's Leadership Award, and the Paul Harris Fellow and Vanitha Woman of the Year Award. In 2015, Sister Lucy was invited to attend the Clinton Global Initiative. In May 2017, Maher was granted a "special consultative status" with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC). She has had the opportunity to meet with the Pope Francis, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former US President Bill Clinton on different occasions.