Monday, September 16, 2013

Women's Spiritual Leadership Focus of CPWR Blog

The Women's Task Force and women's spiritual leadership were the focus today of an article posted to the blog of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.

The Task Force is one of many organizational partners working together on an upcoming women's conference -  Alchemy: Occupy your Sacred Self which will take place November 7-10 in San Francisco. Women of all faiths and spiritual traditions are invited to join this dynamic conversation about the nexus of women's spirituality and transformative leadership. [www.womenofspiritandfaith.org/alchemy ]

Here is a peak at the article posted today:


Anne Benvenuti, a Trustee of CPWR says, “’If women ran the world, what would it be like?’ a wondering, a longing, a frustration that I have often heard. There is a challenge in it, too.  A challenge to move beyond feelings of exclusion and frustration with obstacles, a challenge to be the change we want to see in the world. Can women claim power and voice while being true to their religious and spiritual paths? Yes! Can they find their voices as women, and not just imitate men in order to break into the circles of power? Yes!  Women of Spirit and Faith doesn't just talk about women's voices, but is a place for women's voices, for expression of the deepest spiritual longings of women's hearts, and for the transformation of those longings into creative action. The Women's Task Force of the Parliament is delighted to join in the journey of Alchemy with Women of Spirit and Faith. “
 
Enjoy the article.

http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/news/index.php/2013/09/womens-spiritual-leadership-focus-of-upcoming-event/
 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

National Declaration by Religious and Spiritual Leaders to Address Violence Against Women :

The Women's Task Force hosted several events at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women last week, including a panel of women representing diverse religious perspectives exploring the topic "Religion, Culture and Violence against Women". Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune from the FaithTrust Institute, encourages us all to sign this National Declaration by Religious and Spiritual Leaders to Address Violence Against Women :
 

We proclaim with one voice as national spiritual and religious leaders

that violence against women exists in all communities, including our own,

and is morally, spiritually and universally intolerable.

We acknowledge that our sacred texts, traditions and values have

too often been misused to perpetuate and condone abuse.

We commit ourselves to working toward the day when all women

will be safe and abuse will be no more.

We draw upon our healing texts and practices to help

make our families and societies whole.

Our religious and spiritual traditions compel us to work

for justice and the eradication of violence against women.

We call upon people of all religious and spiritual traditions to join us.

 
Go to http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/take-action/declaration to sign the declaration and pledge your support for this important cause.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Announcing Women's Event in Wheaton, IL -- May 18


The Women of Faith for Justice invite all women of all faiths to: Opening our Eyes to Ethnic Diversity and Racial Justice: Women Coming Together to Pray, to Learn, to Share, to Taste, to Act. It will take place from 8:30am until 2:30pm on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Wheaton Franciscan Tau Center, 26 W 171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL 60189. RSVP by May 1, 2013 to Pam Leddy, 113 Essington Rd. #104, Joliet, IL 60435, e-mail: pamleddy@sbcglobal.net, phone: 815-744-2443. Please provide name, address, phone, e-mail address, faith tradition, and ethnicity. Participants are asked to bring a favorite ethnic dish, including serving utensil, for the luncheon. If desired, bring an ethnic artifact for display. Ethnic dress is encouraged. A free will offering would be appreciated.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Reminder - Workshop at UN Commission on the Status of Women - March 4

Just a quick reminder that you are invited to join us at the United Nations next week.

Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women
Monday - March 4, 2013
4:30 PM
Guild Hall
Armenian Convention Center 
630 2nd Avenue
New York

Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women will explore vital questions at the intersection of women's issues and religion, particularly as they relate to this year's UN-CSW focus on violence against women: What has been the use of religious doctrine to justify violence against women and does religion have the precepts, influence and power to change these age-old beliefs and practices? What are the current challenges and opportunities for women - of all faiths and in all countries? How do we create real change? And how can we support one another in making change? Presentations from diverse religious traditions will be followed by small group discussions.
Presenters
Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune, Founder and Senior Analyst, FaithTrust Institute
Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, LPC
Rabbi Diana S. Gerson, New York Board of Rabbis, Program Director
Phyllis Curott, Vice-Chair of the Council for Parliament of the World's Religions, Co-Chair - Women's Task Force
Kathe Schaaf, Trustee of the Council for Parliament of the World's Religions, Co-Chair - Women's Task Force 

The Women's Task Force is collaborating with other organizations to co-host additional events:

Women as Spiritual Leaders: Transforming Violence
Tuesday - March 5, 2013
8:30 - 10  AM
Grumman Room, 8th Floor
Church Center for the UN
777 United Nations Plaza
New York
Co-Hosted with Women of Spirit and Faith
 
Sacred Women's Circle
Wednesday - March 6, 2013
7-9 pm
Chapel -  Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Avenue
New York
Co-Hosted with Millionth Circle, Gather the Women, Women of Spirit and Faith, Circle Connections, International Public Policy Institute, We Are Enough, Anglican Women's Empowerment and others 
RSVP required: Susan Stanton - dancingmesa@icloud.com

 

 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Another Opportunity for your Voice to be Heard

The Women's Task Force hosted it's first monthly teleconference call yesterday on the topic of Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women. We had a rich discussion with more than 30 women on the call from across the U.S.

And the conversation continues.

Our sister organization Women of Spirit and Faith will explore this same topic on their collaborative blog, the Divine Feminine Blog, during February and March. The Divine Feminine is hosted on Patheos.com, a progressive inter-spiritual media platform which attracts more than 1 million unique visitors each month.
 
Women from many faiths and spiritual persuasions are invited to respond to the following prompt: "How do we create a world in which women and girls are safe from violence?"  If this question speaks to you, we encourage you to go deep within to explore this question for yourself. Find your own wisdom, then write what comes up and send it, with a photo of yourself and a one sentence bio. Please limit your post to 300-800 words and send to divine.feminine.wsf@gmail.com .
 
This is an excellent way to assure that your voice is hear at the vital nexus of women's issues, religion and spiritual leadership.
 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Join the Conversation: Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women

The Women's Task Force will participate in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in March as women from around the world gather to focus on eliminating violence against women. One of our offerings will featured a panel of women leaders from diverse religious perspectives exploring the topic " Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women".

You are invited to join in this important conversation when we host our February tele-conference on this same topic. This teleconference will be a facilitated dialogue inviting your voice and participation. We value your insights, questions, concerns and perspectives on this complex and challenging topic.

There is no need to RSVP or register for this call. Simply use the call in number below and enter the access code. You will be warmly welcomed and guided into the conversation.
 
Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women
Tele-Conference and Dialogue
Sunday -  February 10, 2013
2 pm Pacific Time / 3 pm Mountain Time/ 4 pm Central Time/ 5 pm Eastern Time
Call In Number (213) 342-3000
Access Code: 223322#

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Women's Task Force Events at the UN Commission on the Status of Women


The Women's Task Force

 of
THE COUNCIL FOR A PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS 

  announces its participation in the

57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
March 4-6, 2013 

"Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries."
President Jimmy Carter 
Melbourne Parliament of the World's Religions, 2009

 
Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women
Monday - March 4, 2013
4:30 PM
Guild Hall
Armenian Convention Center 
630 2nd Avenue
New York

Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women will explore vital questions at the intersection of women's issues and religion, particularly as they relate to this year's UN-CSW focus on violence against women: What has been the use of religious doctrine to justify violence against women and does religion have the precepts, influence and power to change these age-old beliefs and practices? What are the current challenges and opportunities for women - of all faiths and in all countries? How do we create real change? And how can we support one another in making change? Presentations from diverse religious traditions will be followed by small group discussions.

Presenters
Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune, Founder and Senior      Analyst, FaithTrust Institute
Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, LPC
Rabbi Diana S. Gerson, New York Board of Rabbis, Program Director
Phyllis Curott, Vice-Chair of the Council for Parliament of the World's Religions, Co-Chair - Women's Task Force
Kathe Schaaf, Trustee of the Council for Parliament of the World's Religions, Co-Chair - Women's Task Force 

The Women's Task Force is collaborating with other organizations to co-host several additional events: 

 

Women as Spiritual Leaders: Transforming Violence
Tuesday - March 5, 2013
8:30 - 10  AM
Grumman Room, 8th Floor
Church Center for the UN
777 United Nations Plaza
New York
Co-Hosted with Women of Spirit and Faith

Sacred Women's Circle
Wednesday - March 6, 2013
7-9 pm
Chapel -  Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Avenue
New York
Co-Hosted with Millionth Circle, Gather the Women, Women of Spirit and Faith, Circle Connections, International Public Policy Institute, We Are Enough, Anglican Women's Empowerment and others

All events are free and open to the public. Delegate credentials are NOT required.

 

 
Presented by the Women's Task Force of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions ~ Co-chairs Phyllis Curott, Anne Benvenuti, and Kathe Schaaf.