Testimonials & Women’s Wisdom
On Wednesday, December 5th, I attended an annual Women’s Center For Wholeness event entitled LUMINARIA. The theme for the evening was THE LIGHT WITHIN. It was evident from first sight how important light was for the evening. The hall at the First Congregational Church was alight with hundreds of minature white lights which adorned tables festooned with beautiful, sparkling decorations. When each woman arrived, she was invited to register and place her donation for the local food pantry into purple bags which would
later be distributed to Milford area women. Then it was on to the food! There was a half hour dedicated to relaxing and chatting with the attendees, and enjoying a delightful assortment of goodies. We all got to know each other a little better. This is one of our annual events where women look forward to connecting and reconnecting with women we don’t often see. At 7, Jane asked everyone to gather in circle and the evening began in earnest. After introductions, we were invited to sing the Women’s Center song which allowed everyone to become more present. We were truly a united Circle of Women, leaving our troubles and worries behind, ready to experience the rest of the evening with an open mind and an open heart. After another song, we were asked to join a small group led by various peer leaders. Using a quote from Marianne Williamson, we answered thought provoking questions which were insightful and gratifying.
Break time allowed us to absorb the insights of the small groups and another run at the food table! Gathering back in circle we were showered with gifts in the form of thought-provoking quotations from many spiritual teachers spanning decades of wisdom. Ann had added her own special touch by printing these quotations with magnifiscent images relflecting light and love. A song and highlight concluded the evening. We were all moved by the efforts put forth and the magic created by this gathering of beautiful women. Thank you to those who made it happen and to all of the women present. Happy Holidays Everyone!
We have all heard the saying that when a pupil is ready, the teacher will appear and that’s how the Women’s Center for Wellness came into my life. After years of working at clearing clutter from my life — old emotional baggage — I was becoming interesting in developing my spirituality when I saw an ad for a writer’s group and a Tai Chi group in my local paper. I called right away to register and was sent a newsletter, along wtih a warm invitation to come to Celebrating Women. Two Celebrating Women, two Women’s Weekends and many groups later including the most recent Peer Leadership Group, I am so glad I did.
– Susan C./Bellingham, MA
Walking into the Unitarian Universalist Church in Milford early last December, I was treated to the sight of a large golden angel flanked by yards of draped material and two tall, clear glass cylinders filled with water. I knew right away that I was about to enjoy another wonderful Luminaria.
– Phyllis W./Milford, MA
In tough economic times, it can be a challenge to have a positive outlook. But at WCW, we believe it is impossible to have negative thoughts while living in a state of gratitude. Even a small gesture of gratefulness and support can make a difference in someone’s life.
– Alice K./Milford, MA
Thanks to the efforts of Cathy Burnham, Kelly McCoy and Alice Kinahan, a hugely successful Woman’s Day event was held on October 1st. There were 15 women who took time out of their busy schedules to present workshops ranging from Tai Chi and Meditation to Living in the Now and Herbal Medicine Chest.
– Carol S./Newport, RI
We fill up our days with jobs, obligations and appointments and sometimes forget to put ourselves on that “to do” list. I have found the perfect solution…the annual WCW Women’s Weekend!
– Lauren R./Blackstone, MA
Even after belonging to WCW for more than 10 years, I am continuously surprised at how close a group of women can get in just two short hours. We start as a group of strangers and end feeling like we’ve known one another forever. It’s magical.
– Kelly M./Milford, MA