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The Gift Of The Feminine with Brenda Peterson

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Program Description

It is often pointed out how destructive and narrow-minded our society has become in the absence of a feminine God or life perspective. Here we are offered a remedy—the willingness to be receptive and empathetic to the very persons and ideas that we find most troubling and threatening. Our deepest lessons are found in the truths of our apparent enemies, by “looking at the person who harms you, and seeing how they are like you.” This is the message of Brenda Peterson, speaking from her own family and daily life experiences, on topics from leaky roofs to the abortion issue. About her own brother Peterson says, “If I fault his belief system, I tamper with the fabric of his being, and that to me is evil . . . If I want to have a family, I have to learn to negotiate, to listen and to not violate their deepest core.” (hosted by Joan Marler)

Brenda Peterson is a profound observer of nature. Her books include Singing To the Sound: Visions of Nature, Animals aIt is often pointed out how destructive and narrow-minded our society has become in the absence of a feminine God or life perspective. Here we are offered a remedy—the willingness to be receptive and empathetic to the very persons and ideas that we find most troubling and threatening. Our deepest lessons are found in the truths of our apparent enemies, by “looking at the person who harms you, and seeing how they are like you.” This is the message of Brenda Peterson, speaking from her own family and daily life experiences, on topics from leaky roofs to the abortion issue. About her own brother Peterson says, “If I fault his belief system, I tamper with the fabric of his being, and that to me is evil . . . If I want to have a family, I have to learn to negotiate, to listen and to not violate their deepest core.” (hosted by Joan Marler)

Brenda Peterson is a profound observer of nature. Her books include Singing To the Sound: Visions of Nature, Animals and Spirit (New Sage Press 2000), Living by Water (Fulcrum Publishers 2002) , Sister Stories: Taking the Journey Together (Penguin Books 1997); several novels including Duck and Cover (Harper Collins 1991). She’s written a memoir, Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals (W.W. Norton & Co 2001), and is co-author with Toni Frohoff of Between Species: Celebrating the Dolphin-Human Bond (Sierra Club Books 2003), and is the author of the novel Animal Heart (Sierra Club Books 2004) and co-author with Linda Hogan of Face To Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism, and Awakening (North Point Press 2004), and Nature and Other Mothers: Reflections on the Feminine in Everyday Life (HarperCollins 1992).    To learn more about the work of Brenda Peterson go to www.literati.net.

Program Number: 2343     Hosted by: Joan Marler     Interview Date: 7/23/92

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