Decolonizing the Divine Through Co-A/r/tographic Praxis in Matrixial Borderspaces


This article is drawn from a dissertation study with 14 women spiritual leaders who were part of an interfaith planning team for an annual women’s spirituality conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Engaging a praxis of co-a/r/tography as ritual, the women were enabled to manifest and explore their multiple-subjective relationships with the Divine. Through co-encounters within matrixial (Ettinger, 2005) and real religious/political borderspaces via art and ritual, the process of decolonizing the Divine (Fernandes, 2003) for each woman, and the group as a whole, proved possible when supported by a compassionate community.