WHY READ WHITE FIRE?
Read the white space around the black letters. It could just transform the 21st century.
For those aching for a path to peace in a world at war, or for those simply seeking a new perspective on American spiritual life, this ancient view, that the Bible was written with black fire on white fire, has been powerfully reinterpreted by award winning author Malka Drucker in her timely, compelling forthcoming collection WHITE FIRE: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America (Skylight Paths Publishing, January 2003).
A decade ago, before becoming a rabbi, Drucker, together with prizewinning photographer Gay Block, etched powerful portraits of invisible heroes, ordinary people who risked all to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. RESCUERS: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust went from New York's Museum of Modern Art to Showtime. Now they've come together again, with equally memorable portraits of extraordinary women who've blazed trails in their respective faith paths and, if we're lucky, have new solutions for a world now hell bent on destruction in God's name.
Until now, there hasn't been a critical mass of women in leadership positions in the world's major religions. But in WHITE FIRE, Drucker and Block capture the voices and visions of today's American women religious leaders from Buddhist to Baptist, Jewish to Muslim. They tell what it took them to get to positions of leadership and how women's voices, "white fire", are rewriting religious theology and practice.
In WHITE FIRE, Drucker and Block portray bishops and rabbis, scholars and healers, household names like Marianne Williamson and Jean Houston and giants in their own communities like Bishop Leontine Kelly and Ma Jaya. Together these women are creating a different form of worship in America and may, in what Drucker-just back from the first-ever Global Women Spiritual Leaders Peace Initiative in Geneva-portrays as their unique yet shared sensibility, hold the key to repairing our troubled world.
Increasingly, women are the majority of America's churchgoers. Given today's deep crises of faith, from the scandals that rock the Catholic Church to the global flames of hate that felled the World Trade towers, understanding a female sensibility in religious practice and the new place of women in spiritual life may well be our last, best hope.
To learn more about Malka Drucker and the women she's profiled in WHITE FIRE who are transforming 21st century spiritual life, please contact Pro Media at 212/245-0510 or 650/599-9996.