Friday, December 4, 2020

Compassion in Community - Food Bank in Chicago

As winter approaches and the coronavirus continues to spread through the city, the people at the Pilsen Food Pantry are working together to fight hunger in their community. 

Through the work of the community and mutual aid, Pilsen Food Pantry has been able to receive enough donations that they had to stop accepting them. For the month of November, the pantry was able to donate hundreds of coats, 200 pairs of children's shoes and clothing to over 200 clients. 

Photos from @pilsen_food_pantry on Instagram

Pilsen Food Pantry was created by the Figueroa-Wu Family in 2018 to fight the endemic hunger in Chicago. The pantry has four employees and is supported by hundreds of volunteers, of which include college and medical students, community members and youth. 

The Pilsen Food Pantry offers a variety of culturally inclusive foods, perishable and non-perishable, and household items such as period products, light bulbs, and other hygiene items. Food offerings are sourced daily from Greater Chicago Food Depository, Trader Joe’s, Imperfect Produce, and Whole Foods. Occasional donations come from Hunger Resource Center, food drives, and ad hoc wholesaler arrangements. Menstrual products are donated from the Chicago Period Project ( and local drives. During non-COVID times, the Pantry offers SNAP enrollment assistance.

In response to COVID, the Pilsen Food Pantry has introduced a delivery system for their clients that are unable to leave their houses. Individual public health projects have included food delivery and tracking of social and health outcomes.

Through donations and the work of volunteers, the Pilsen Food Pantry has graciously spread love and supported the people of Pilsen, Chicago. The selflessness and community organizing that is shown by members of this food pantry should be emulated in places around the world. The pandemic has only worsened the hunger and poverty crisis, so organizations such as this are essential right now. 

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King.


Check out their website:

And if you are looking to donate this holiday season, here is a link to their donation page:

They are also looking for volunteers! It takes lots of hands to organize donations so your time is very valuable. 

You can also follow Pilsen Food Pantry on Instagram @pilsen_food_pantry, where they post recipes, news, and donation opportunities. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

NOW IS THE TIME to have heartfelt racial justice conversations.

 “Trayvon Martin Is Our Son Too,” were the words my friend Karen had printed on one thousand metal, pin-on, buttons surrounding a picture of her family and me. That happened in April 2012 when Karen was dying from the effects of Multiple Myeloma and her husband was recovering from a heart attack.

    On the day we decided to have the buttons made, I had gone to her home to pick her up because we planned to visit her husband at the rehab facility. She was troubled by the news of Trayvon Martin’s death. As we talked about it, her activist personality took over and she declared:

            “We have to DO something.” 

    After a conversation about possibilities – a community meeting, a newspaper article, a letter to the editor – we decided to create the button. We looked up button companies and chose one that would deliver in twenty-four hours if they had a picture by 3 PM.

    We planned to take the picture at the rehab facility in order to include Karen’s husband. As I packed the car with Karen’s walker and wheelchair, she called to me, “Don’t forget the hoodies. Bring one for everybody.  Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was killed.”

    When we arrived at the rehab facility, Karen gave these instructions.

    “Everyone put on your hoodies. And Rosemary go get a nurse or an aide to come in here and take the picture.”

    I returned with a nurse, handed her an iPhone and joined the group posing for the photo.

            Karen explained to the nurse, who was black, “We are making a button. The words on the button will be,’Trayvon Martin Is Our Son Too.’ We will wear these buttons until justice is done.” The nurse reacted with surprise before tearing up. Then she whispered, “I didn’t think white people cared.”
    Karen died a few weeks after we had the buttons made but she lived long enough to start conversations about racial justice. We gave buttons away until they were all distributed within the community. I still have my button and will wear it now, hoping for justice. 
    This time, in 2020, we are focused on a different son. George Floyd is our son too. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Link to the Conversation Pandemic as a Liminal Pause with Jean Bolen and Claudette Werleigh

Here is the Link to the Zoom Recording of Women's Perspective, 
Currency of the Heart, Zoom Conversation on May 15 at 2:00 PM EDT

 We will continue these conversations and focus on the idea that this time is a threshold, a liminal space where the potential to create a new future has great power. We will explore ways to use this time?  Let's imagine together and use this pause well.

Last night on 60 Minutes Arundhati Roy suggested we are "in some sort of transit lounge". 

"In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now." 

Wangari Maathai

A recording of our May 15, 2020, Currency of the Heart Conversation with Jean Bolen, Claudette Werleigh, Justine Toms and Rosemary Williams will be available here early next week.

Friday, February 22, 2019

James O'Dea - Prophesy

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There shall come a day when they shall tweet no more nor be governed by tweeters in high office but they shall read each others hearts deeply and they shall feel therein the flow of the Universe moving through them and moving through all being without any partition, separation or division. They shall know this coming era as the Quieting of the Earth when at last they can they can hear the crying trees, weeping rivers and all forms human and Natural of the wounded world. But then they shall remember that there is always a quieting before the music begins, before the dancing begins calling in the new forms of the New Earth.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Currency of the Heart One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, how big my house was, or what kind of car I drove. But the world may be a little better, because I was important in the life of a child.
Forest Witcraft

As a volunteer at the Sisters of Charity Children's Hospital in Haiti, I expected to work. When I arrived, a nurse handed me a baby and said, "Please sit down and hold her." The child appeared comatose, her eyes closed, her body rigid, her fists clenched, and her toes tightly curled. She made no sounds, was hardly breathing and didn't react to any noise or movement in the room. The other children cried, laughed, shrieked, drummed and danced around but she never even flinched.

When I thought she was asleep. I asked if I should put her back into her crib. The nurse replied, “No, please continue to hold her.” My fingers drifted lightly across her legs, chest, arms and face for three hours. She seemed to sleep.

Suddenly, the fingers on one hand began to uncurl, very slowly with almost imperceptible movement. Eventually her hand opened. Surprised. Astounded. I thought something momentous had happened; yet the child simply had opened her hand.

I continued to hold her and float my fingers over her thin arms and legs. Her other hand began to open, finger by finger. I held my breath, not wanting to disturb this process. Her arms went limp. Her back softened. I cried as I watched this tiny little girl move in slow motion. Her body tension dissipated. She relaxed in my arms and looked up at me.

The nurse told me she was one and a half. Severe inner tension and malnutrition had stunted her growth.  Everyday a volunteer was asked to hold her, it usually took about three hours for the child to relax. 

What a gift to me to be given that job on that day.

Rosemary Williams

Sisters of Charity in Haiti - YouTube

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Coming Soon a Revised Woman's Book of Money and Spiritual Vision

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Work on the revision has begun with help from an expert advisory circle of professional women. 
I’d like to introduce you to these extraordinary women who are giving their time, experience, and expertise out of the generosity of their hearts and their interest in the work. This is a perfect example of a currency of the heart gift. I am deeply grateful to Rhoda Blough, Christina Burke, Elizabeth Cox, Susan Filan, Janice Jsu, Joanne Kabak, and Trudelle Thomas for sharing their wisdom.
--             Rosemary C. Williams

Rhoda Blough: Everence 
Stewardship Consultant                                                         
Rhoda earned a seminary degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She uses her passion and knowledge of faith in working with Everence financial advisors in an effort to educate congregations and individuals on the integration of faith values with finances. She has two adult daughters and two grandsons.          

                                  Trudelle Thomas: Xavier University, 
                               Professor of English 
Cincinnati, OH
Trudelle is an author, textile artist, and professor emerita (having taught at Xavier University in Cincinnati for 30 years).  After purchasing The Woman’s Book of Money and Spiritual Vision in 2001, she  carried out a spiritual overhaul of her relationship with money and her an approach to charitable giving.  This "overhaul" has led to much more freedom and contentment.  Trudelle has published a book Spirituality in the Mother Zone and numerous articles.  Her love of sewing and textile arts has led to her sewing diaper bags, clothing, and other useful objects for those in need.                                                                  

Susan Filan
Westport, CT.                               
Susan is a litigator with a practice in the areas of Family Law and Criminal Defense.  She is also a Divorce Mediator.  An experienced trial lawyer, Susan is a former Connecticut state prosecutor, and a sought after legal analyst for both cable and television news. She was MSNBC's Senior Legal Analyst and has been featured frequently on NBC’s “The Today Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CNN, Fox News, and has been quoted in print media world-wide.  She has two daughters adopted from China.                                                             

                           Joanne Kabak: Sacred Heart University                                                 
Professor of Communications
Westport, CT
Joanne received her bachelors from Barnard College and her masters from Columbia University. She’s been a free-lance journalist for over 15 years. Not only have her articles been published in "Newsday" and "Consumer Reports Money Advisor;" but have been awarded by the association of Connecticut Women in Communications. Currently, she is the faculty advisor for “The Spectrum” (Sacred Heart University’s weekly student newspaper); and teaches beginning and advanced courses in journalism and media studies.

Elizabeth Cox: Merit Financial Partners
Financial Planner
Westport, CT
Elizabeth has over 25 years of financial and investment experience, including 7 years as President of Cox Financial Services, LLC, 4 years as an independent financial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services, and 12 years of international bond and equity trading on Wall Street. She was formerly director of International Sales Trading at Deutsche Bank Securities and head of the Latin American Sales Trading Desk at ING Baring Securities in New York.

Janice Hsu: Shakti Rising 
Director of Operations
San Diego, CA
Janice holds a Bachelor in liberal Arts degree with an emphasis on psychology and English from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. As a volunteer, Janice co-directed the San Diego
Women’s Film Festival for two years during which she oversaw operations and volunteers. Janice began at Shakti Rising as a volunteer in 2009 and over the course of her first year transitioned from a support role to being the sole director of the Transformation Through Service Program and now sits as a part of the Regional Leadership program.

Christina Burke: Shakti Rising
Director of Abundance
San Diego, CA
Christina holds a Bachelors in Urban Studies and Planning and a secondary degree in Sociology. She currently leads Resource Development and engages our spectrum of stakeholder in their various capacities to contribute as a natural asset-mapper. Over the last decade she’s worked in community development throughout San Diego County, Europe, and Africa.

Thank you to all who have found the first two editions of The Woman’s Book of Money and Spiritual Vision useful. The book continues to be read and used by women individually and in workshops across the country. Now, to accommodate digital changes that have taken place globally in the financial world, a revision and update is necessary.

If you have stories or information about web-based financial information we might add to the resources mentioned in the book please share them on this blog.