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THE GRAIL 
in the United States
The Vision of The Grail in the 
U.S.A. 
Called by our spiritual values, The Grail envisions a world 
of peace, justice and...
The Grail – a symbol of the quest 
a symbol of mystery- 
The Divine in the Human 
The human in the Divine 
The Spirit amon...
WHAT IS 
THE GRAIL?
The Grail is a women’s movement whose members are bonded 
by their commitments to social action, solidarity with the most ...
We are drawn together by a common vision. 
In spite of our great diversity, we share a common longing to 
find meaningful ...
We seek to understand-ever more deeply-the mysteries of life, the 
longings of the human heart, the causes of suffering, a...
The Mission Goals of The Grail in 
the U.S.A. 
We are an international women’s movement empowering women to work for 
worl...
GRAIL HISTORY 
• The Grail began in 1921, following the end of the First 
World War, and in response to the horror of that...
GRAIL HISTORY 
• The movement that would be called The Grail was crushed in the advent of the 
Second World War and was fo...
A FORCE IN OUR WORLD 
• The Grail has a long history of making positive change 
in the world. Grail members have been inte...
THE SPIRIT 
OF THE GRAIL
The symbol of The Grail 
The Grail chalice, 
emblem of our movement, 
speaks of an attitude of receptivity. 
Wide open, th...
CORE VALUES 
• SPIRITUAL SEARCH 
• WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT 
• DIGINITY 
• JUSTICE 
• COMMUNITY 
• CARE OF THE EARTH 
• CREATIV...
SPIRITUALITY 
• Exploration of our relationship with the source of 
goodness and creativity within us and yet, beyond us 
...
WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT 
• Gratitude for the contributions of women in the past 
• Advocacy for the rights of women and girls ...
DIGNITY 
• Respect and appreciation for the humanity and dignity 
of each person 
• A stance of compassion and solidarity ...
JUSTICE 
• Promotion of economic and social justice 
• Engagement with efforts that advance peace and non-violence 
The St...
COMMUNITY 
• Hospitality 
• Collaboration 
• Generosity 
• Forging interpersonal bonds among women everywhere 
committed t...
CARE OF THE EARTH 
• Appreciation and respect for earth as a living organism 
in which the sacred is manifest 
• Commitmen...
CREATIVITY 
• Recognition of the role of the arts in personal and 
societal transformation 
• Encouragement of creativity ...
BRIDGE BUILDING ACROSS 
DIFFERENCES 
• Willingness to engage in dialogue and to build 
relationships across race, gender, ...
INTEGRATION THAT ONE’S LIFE MAY BE A 
REFLECTION OF GRAIL VALUES 
• Development of opportunities for women to appreciate 
...
THE WORK 
OF THE GRAIL
Integrating Grail Values into One’s Life 
• The search for meaningful, 
transformative work, and the 
effort to produce go...
Our Work on Behalf of Spirituality 
Building bridges among diverse faith traditions and spiritual paths 
• Encouragement o...
Our Work on behalf of Social 
Transformation 
advancing peace, justice, and a world free from military dominance, and chal...
Our Work on Behalf of Ecological 
Sustainability 
creating communities for a sustainable future 
• Organic gardens are cre...
Our Work on Behalf of Releasing women’s creative 
energy 
celebrating the arts as a means of personal and societal transfo...
TRANSFORMING OUR 
WORLD TODAY 
We are shaped by Grail values and our work arise from our values. 
Some examples of our wor...
THE LIFE 
OF THE GRAIL
COMMUNITY LIFE 
• The Grail is committed to building community 
• Members manifest community life by staying connected 
th...
GRAIL CENTERS 
• Grail centers play an important role in the life of The 
Grail, servicing as gathering places for members...
• Grailville, located in Loveland, Ohio, is the face of The 
Grail in the US, and the first of all the Grail centers in th...
THE GRAIL CENTER AT CORNWALL 
• Located in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, The Grail Center at 
Cornwall was founded in 1963...
BRONX CENTER 
• The Bronx Grail Center, located in the heart of the South Bronx in 
New York City, is connected closely to...
WHERE IS 
THE GRAIL?
THE GRAIL IN THE USA 
• Grail circles can be found in 
o Boston, MA; Claremont, CA; Dayton 
and Cincinnati, OH; Cornwall, ...
Location of Grail members through out the United States
THE INTERNATIONAL GRAIL 
• The International Grail focuses on issues including: 
solidarity with the most vulnerable, over...
THE INTERNATIONAL GRAIL 
• The work varies according to the needs of the country 
and the gifts of those drawn to the move...
The Grail is in 17 countries 
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Kenya, 
Mexico, Mozambique, The Netherlands, Papu...
HOW DO YOU 
GET TO KNOW 
THE GRAIL?
• In the United States, women interested in The Grail 
generally contact one of the members they have met, one of 
the cen...
CONTACT THE GRAIL 
The National Office 
932 O’Bannonville Road 
Loveland, Ohio 45140 
Phone: 513-683-5750 
Email: office@g...
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Overview of The Grail

  1. 1. THE GRAIL in the United States
  2. 2. The Vision of The Grail in the U.S.A. Called by our spiritual values, The Grail envisions a world of peace, justice and renewal of the earth, brought about by women working together as catalysts for change. Approved by The Grail movement at the 2005 General Assembly
  3. 3. The Grail – a symbol of the quest a symbol of mystery- The Divine in the Human The human in the Divine The Spirit among us. The Cup wide open receiving holding, sharing shaping the quality of our lives our oneness with each other and all creation-our response to the World.
  4. 4. WHAT IS THE GRAIL?
  5. 5. The Grail is a women’s movement whose members are bonded by their commitments to social action, solidarity with the most vulnerable, and a deep faith in goodness as the source of our being. The Grail community embodies women of many different cultures and backgrounds who work in many different fields. We work in 17 countries—often as individuals and sometimes together in corporate projects. We are interconnected with each other regionally, nationally and internationally. Pam Cobey
  6. 6. We are drawn together by a common vision. In spite of our great diversity, we share a common longing to find meaningful ways of contributing to the transformation of our world into a place of love and justice. We long for a world in which every child can bloom and flourish, where every man and woman can find fulfillment and respect through their love, work and leisure. The Grail Entering the 21st Century, 2000, p.1
  7. 7. We seek to understand-ever more deeply-the mysteries of life, the longings of the human heart, the causes of suffering, and to learn what we can do to help make this Earth a more welcoming home for all people and all creatures. The Grail Entering the 21st Century, 2000, p.1
  8. 8. The Mission Goals of The Grail in the U.S.A. We are an international women’s movement empowering women to work for world transformation. We are committed to: • spiritual search, • social transformation, • ecological sustainability, • and the release of women’s creative energy throughout the world. Approved by The Grail movement at the 2005 General Assembly
  9. 9. GRAIL HISTORY • The Grail began in 1921, following the end of the First World War, and in response to the horror of that war. It was founded by Fr. Jacques van Ginneken, a Dutch Jesuit priest, and was called the Women of Nazareth. • Van Ginneken felt that this particular historical moment was the right time for women- unconfined by convent walls and rule-to have the opportunity to make an immense contribution to the transformation of the world. • By 1939, The Grail had become a colorful movement involving thousands of young English, Dutch and German women, challenged to deep personal and spiritual commitment.
  10. 10. GRAIL HISTORY • The movement that would be called The Grail was crushed in the advent of the Second World War and was forced to go underground. While it re-emerged after WWII, it was no longer the same movement. The exploitation of young persons in the Hitler Youth, tainted the possibility for recruitment of young adults to any movement. The Grail re-focused its energy to bring its values and support to women in helping professions in other parts of the world. • The Grail continued to spread around the globe and started in United States in 1940. • The Grail was born in a Roman Catholic tradition, and remained so for more than 40 years in the U.S.A. However, at this time, The Grail in the U.S.A. welcomes women from a wide range of spiritual and religious traditions. Adapted from The Grail Entering the 21st Century, 2000, p.3
  11. 11. A FORCE IN OUR WORLD • The Grail has a long history of making positive change in the world. Grail members have been integral players in endeavors such as: o The Civil Rights Movement o The Feminist Movement o Dismantling Apartheid in South Africa o The Catholic Rural Life Movement o The Publication of Sacred Music o Contemporary Religious Art Production
  12. 12. THE SPIRIT OF THE GRAIL
  13. 13. The symbol of The Grail The Grail chalice, emblem of our movement, speaks of an attitude of receptivity. Wide open, the chalice stands empty, ready to receive, eager to be filled… May we all stand before Mystery Source of goodness and life…like that, in a deep awareness of the fact that our whole lives and every minute of them, are a gift of love… aware that we are empty vessels by ourselves but confident in the constant outpouring of gratuitous love. May we all be able to say again and again, in recognition of this love within: “My cup is overflowing.” -adapted from Rachel Donders, former Grail international president
  14. 14. CORE VALUES • SPIRITUAL SEARCH • WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT • DIGINITY • JUSTICE • COMMUNITY • CARE OF THE EARTH • CREATIVITY • BRIDGE BUILDING ACROSS DIFFERENCES • A LIVING INTEGRATION OF GRAIL VALUES The Strategic Plan for The Grail in the United States Brochure
  15. 15. SPIRITUALITY • Exploration of our relationship with the source of goodness and creativity within us and yet, beyond us • Recognition for the sacredness of life • Respect for differing spiritualties and spiritual paths and commitment to working across our differences • Commitment to an ethical life rooted in justice, interdependence, sustainability and compassion • Openness to the transforming power of ritual The Strategic Plan for The Grail in the United States Brochure
  16. 16. WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT • Gratitude for the contributions of women in the past • Advocacy for the rights of women and girls • Belief in the potential for women’s leadership in transforming the world • Commitment to the empowerment of women, enabling them to own and live out their deepest convictions The Strategic Plan for The Grail in the United States Brochure
  17. 17. DIGNITY • Respect and appreciation for the humanity and dignity of each person • A stance of compassion and solidarity in the face of human need The Strategic Plan for The Grail in the United States Brochure
  18. 18. JUSTICE • Promotion of economic and social justice • Engagement with efforts that advance peace and non-violence The Strategic Plan for The Grail in the United States Brochure
  19. 19. COMMUNITY • Hospitality • Collaboration • Generosity • Forging interpersonal bonds among women everywhere committed to a shared vision of peace in a global community The Strategic Plan for The Grail in the United States Brochure
  20. 20. CARE OF THE EARTH • Appreciation and respect for earth as a living organism in which the sacred is manifest • Commitment to the survival of the planet • Responsible use and stewardship of resources • Collaboration with others in working toward ecological sustainability • Equitable access to resources to support survival of the planet and the health of the most vulnerable The Strategic Plan for The Grail in the United States Brochure
  21. 21. CREATIVITY • Recognition of the role of the arts in personal and societal transformation • Encouragement of creativity in all aspects of Grail life, work and celebration • Use of the arts to foster the experience of interconnection with all of life and a sense of that which is transcendent The Strategic Plan for The Grail in the United States Brochure
  22. 22. BRIDGE BUILDING ACROSS DIFFERENCES • Willingness to engage in dialogue and to build relationships across race, gender, sexual preference, socio-economic, generation, religious and spiritual differences • Commitment to foster mutual understanding and action among those holding diverse or opposing points of view • Collaboration with others to promote action and provide leadership in working for the common good • Model what it means to be a community working across differences The Strategic Plan for The Grail in the United States Brochure
  23. 23. INTEGRATION THAT ONE’S LIFE MAY BE A REFLECTION OF GRAIL VALUES • Development of opportunities for women to appreciate and experience an integration of their spiritual search with action on behalf of social transformation, ecological sustainability, and the release of women’s creative energy throughout the world
  24. 24. THE WORK OF THE GRAIL
  25. 25. Integrating Grail Values into One’s Life • The search for meaningful, transformative work, and the effort to produce good work, has always been an essential part of our commitment in The Grail • Members live out Grail values in whatever they are doing—in their jobs, families and community, as well as in their formal connection to Grail members and Grail centers
  26. 26. Our Work on Behalf of Spirituality Building bridges among diverse faith traditions and spiritual paths • Encouragement of spiritual and reflective practices • Incorporation of spiritual practices into our gatherings • Creation and sharing of ritual together by participating in interfaith/inter-spiritual days of reflection and retreats • Availability of participation in interfaith/inter-spiritual dialogue
  27. 27. Our Work on behalf of Social Transformation advancing peace, justice, and a world free from military dominance, and challenging economic systems that put at risk the most vulnerable, especially women and children • Formal participation at the United Nations as a recognized non-governmental organization (NGO) on behalf of ESCOSOC at the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues • Participation with wider community activities on behalf of global peace, justice, and environmental issues. • Global justice advocacy • Focused training programs for young girls and women who are, and will be, leaders and activists • Community development and educational projects Approved by The Grail movement at the 2005 General Assembly; The Grail Brochure, 2008
  28. 28. Our Work on Behalf of Ecological Sustainability creating communities for a sustainable future • Organic gardens are created and cared for at Grail centers in Ohio and New York • Environmental education is offered through Grail centers and by individual Grail activists (Many Grail women are working to educate the public about the consequences of the hydraulic fracturing of shale for the extraction of natural gas) • Ohio’s Grailville has constructed wetlands • Grailville has commenced grassroots efforts toward the creation of a Transition incitive in Loveland, Ohio • A national climate action group Approved by The Grail movement at the 2005 General Assembly; The Grail Brochure, 2008
  29. 29. Our Work on Behalf of Releasing women’s creative energy celebrating the arts as a means of personal and societal transformation • Engagement in the arts • Incorporation of and appreciation for simple beauty and art in the world, in our centers, and in our gatherings • Programming around the arts sponsored at our centers • Use of Grail space for art exhibits • Grail projects and retreats (singing, dancing, art, writing, poetry, and cooking, for example) Approved by The Grail movement at the 2005 General Assembly; The Grail Brochure, 2008
  30. 30. TRANSFORMING OUR WORLD TODAY We are shaped by Grail values and our work arise from our values. Some examples of our work include: • Sponsorship of St Teresa's Girl’s School in Tanzania • Establishing the San Jose Grail Family Services in San Jose, CA • Researching and publishing literature globally in the fields of theology, the environment, and social justice • Working locally to ban hydraulic fracturing of shale for the extraction of natural gas, also known as fracking • Advocacy work addressing sexual trafficking • Supporting permaculture, women farmers and participating in the Community Supported Agriculture/local food movement • Working with the Pointe-au-Chien tribe in Louisiana in the aftermath of the BP oil spill
  31. 31. THE LIFE OF THE GRAIL
  32. 32. COMMUNITY LIFE • The Grail is committed to building community • Members manifest community life by staying connected through regional groups, Grail centers, and individual relationships • The Grail community is very diverse. It spans regions, countries, languages and generations.
  33. 33. GRAIL CENTERS • Grail centers play an important role in the life of The Grail, servicing as gathering places for members of The Grail and as outreach to the larger community. Forty percent of Grail members live in or near a Grail center • Grail programs and events include liturgical and other celebrations, reflection and meditation groups, training programs, weekend courses, retreats, lectures and discussions, and as venues for visual and the performing arts. Centers in both New York in Ohio have labyrinths
  34. 34. • Grailville, located in Loveland, Ohio, is the face of The Grail in the US, and the first of all the Grail centers in the United States • In addition to the programming and events, Grailville offers miles of trails, and 350 acres of woods, pastures, creeks, and gardens, a labyrinth as well as a fair-trade shop www.grailville.org
  35. 35. THE GRAIL CENTER AT CORNWALL • Located in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, The Grail Center at Cornwall was founded in 1963 • The Grail Center at Cornwall functions as a retreat center and works extensively with the local community to support women who work for social justice, environmental sustainability, and community development • In addition to providing a space where women can recharge and reconnect with their spiritual core and each other, the center offers opportunities for training, skill-building, strategizing, and networking www.thegrailatcornwall.org
  36. 36. BRONX CENTER • The Bronx Grail Center, located in the heart of the South Bronx in New York City, is connected closely to the community and the local parish. The population of The Bronx is Latino, Afro-American and Caribbean • The Center is home to Grail members, a girls group (ages 6 to 12) ,a teen group, and the women’s micro-economic project (La Aventura/The Adventure). Girls are given an opportunity for international awareness, personal growth, and environmental consciousness. La Aventura offers a way to supplement income for migrant women • Center programs emphasize both women’s and girls’ leadership • The Bronx Center also hosts an annual gathering of International Grail members and young women who represent The Grail and UFER (International movement for Fraternal Union Among Races and Peoples)at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women
  37. 37. WHERE IS THE GRAIL?
  38. 38. THE GRAIL IN THE USA • Grail circles can be found in o Boston, MA; Claremont, CA; Dayton and Cincinnati, OH; Cornwall, Bronx, and New York City, NY ; Houma- Thibodaux, and Lafayette, LA; Philadelphia, PA; Northern CA; MI; NJ; WI; ID; and CO • We have 243 members in o Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, and throughout the world
  39. 39. Location of Grail members through out the United States
  40. 40. THE INTERNATIONAL GRAIL • The International Grail focuses on issues including: solidarity with the most vulnerable, overcoming poverty, human trafficking, health care, violence against women, the needs of immigrants and refugees, sustainable development, global economics, ecological concerns around biodiversity and climate change, and engaging in ongoing dialogue and reflection about faith, religion, spirituality, and spiritual expression www.thegrail.org; The Grail Entering the 21st Century, 2000, p.3
  41. 41. THE INTERNATIONAL GRAIL • The work varies according to the needs of the country and the gifts of those drawn to the movement, but we always seek to make our vision practical and effective. We do not limit our work to humanitarian aid, but acknowledge the need to change systems, which degrade the quality of life, and to build a society, which recognizes, in words and deeds, the dignity of all human beings and the value of all creatures The Grail Entering the 21st Century, 2000, p.1
  42. 42. The Grail is in 17 countries Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, The Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda, and the USA.
  43. 43. HOW DO YOU GET TO KNOW THE GRAIL?
  44. 44. • In the United States, women interested in The Grail generally contact one of the members they have met, one of the centers or the national office. They are invited to attend a number of gatherings or to participate in one of the Grail projects. If their interest grows and they wish to become a participant in the movement, they can start a process called “Exploring” The Grail • “Exploring” involves attending Grail gatherings or retreats, and getting to know other members with different experiences and backgrounds in The Grail and to learn about The Grail mission, history, and life • During this process, women also get the chance to explore the potential ways to become part of The Grail by contributing time, talent and treasure in ways that enhance and develop leadership The Grail Entering the 21st Century, 2000, p.77
  45. 45. CONTACT THE GRAIL The National Office 932 O’Bannonville Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 Phone: 513-683-5750 Email: office@grail-us.org Website: www.grail-us.org Grailville 932 O’Bannonville Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 Phone: 513-683-2340 Email: grailville@grailville.org Website: www.grailville.org Cornwall 119 Duncan Avenue Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520 Phone: 845-534-2031 Email: grailconh@igc.org Website: www.thegrailatcornwall.org The Bronx 470 E. 138th Street Bronx, NY 10454 Phone: 718-665-0271 Email: bronxgrail@juno.com

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