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 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:, 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.