Women’s Interfaith Institute in the Finger Lakes

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We are “women supporting women of diverse faiths in generating spiritual leadership, scholarship and service.

Located in Seneca Falls, the historic birthplace of women’s rights, the Women’s Interfaith Institute in the Finger Lakes is a sister affiliate of the WII in the Berkshires.

Our space and mission is dedicated to interfaith understanding, cooperation and action.

Promoting Peace Through Understanding

Upcoming Institute-Sponsored Events:

Monthly Bring & Share Program - Usually the fourth Monday of each month, 6 - 8:00 pm, at the Women’s Interfaith Institute. Bring an appetizer - or something easy to share - and enjoy dinner, a brief program and engaging conversation among friends.



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Restoring the Great Room - Click the link above to learn more about WII’s capital campaign and strategic plans to restore the sanctuary…

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Institute Founder to Speak at Parliament of World Religions

The Parliament of World Religions, the largest interreligious gathering in the world, is celebrating its 120 years in 2014. On November 16, in Chicago, a gala dinner and program will feature Women’s Interfaith Institute Founding Board Member Dr. Allison Stokes. Stokes is a member of the Advisory Council for the Parliament’s Ambassadors’ Program.  Dr. Stokes will speak on her research about women who spoke at the first Parliament in 1893.

Already planning its 2015 session, the Parliament’s governing council has asked its Ambassadors to hold “listening sessions” in their communities. Dr. Stokes hosted two sessions at the Interfaith Institute during the Board’s monthly, dish-to-pass supper meeting.

140 Fall Street, PO Box 131  •  Seneca Falls, New York 13148  •  (585) 319-9395  •  allisonstokes@earthlink.net

International Women’s Day Event a Success: “When Stanton Met Shahram”

The WII Board joined with the Women’s Institute for Leadership & Learning (WILL) on International Women’s Day, March 8, to present the fourth in a series of unique opportunities to see and hear Elizabeth Cady Stanton speak…


“Learning From Our Foremothers” Reading & Discussion Group Held

WII recently held a series of reading and discussion groups which focused on thought provoking speeches given by women at the World’s Parliament of Religions held in 1893 during the Chicago World’s Fair.  Called “Learning from Our Foremothers: Nineteenth Century Women Leaders on Gender, Reform, Racism and Religion,” the bi-weekly sessions involved between 6 and 10 participants who read and discussed passages selected from A Chorus of Faith.

Scholars Melinda Grube and Allison Stokes served as co-facilitators. Readings included speeches delivered by dozens of women from various social and religious backgrounds, including such renowned individuals as Julia Ward Howe and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The four month program was made possible by a grant from the New York State Council for the Humanities to the Women’s Interfaith Institute.

Convention Days

July Convention Days  Mark

166th Anniversary

The Women’s Interfaith Institute (WII) will again contribute a number of events to the annual celebration of Convention Days in Seneca Falls.

Scheduled for July 18, 19, and 20, the weekend commemorates the original Women’s Rights Convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls.

On Friday, WII will host its annual fundraising dinner, this year featuring world renowned Muslim activist Daisy Kahn, a frequent guest on MSNBC and other news outlets, speaking on the need

to change misperceptions about the Muslim faith in a post 9-11 world. Another featured guest is activist and attorney Nadia Shahram, who will invite fellow Muslim women to join her in declaring the rights of Muslim women in a Declaration of Equalities modeled after Stanton’s inspiring actions in 1848.




Link to Full Convention Days Schedule